style[amp-boilerplate] Breaking: Many construction workers trapped as 7-storey building collapses in Port Harcourt

Breaking: Many construction workers trapped as 7-storey building collapses in Port Harcourt

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A seven-storey building under construction has just collapsed at Woji GRA phase Two, Port Harcourt and workers said not to be less than 200 people have been trapped.


FOX NAIJA's regional reporter, Cecil Tabs, learnt authoritatively that so far 11 people have been rescued alive, at the time of filing this report.

Simeon Nwakaudu,the special assistant on electronic media to Governor Nyesom Wike confirmed the number of the rescued people to our reporter.

Rescue operation is still on going. There are already two cranes trying to pull out the concrete slabs that have trapped many of the workers.

Not less than 200 construction workers are reportedly trapped as the seven-story building collapsed.

Rescue operation is going on as at the time of filing this report.

Speaking at the scene of the accident, the state's commissioner for Information and communications, Emman Okah, said it was difficult to ascertain the number of those trapped but that the major concern of the relevant agencies is to see how victims can be rescued alive.

However, members of Nigerian Defence Safety Corps (NSCDC), Nigeria Police, National Emergency Agency (NEMA), Red Cross are already on site for the rescue.

One of the workers who narrowly escaped death and gave his name as Uche said that he had finished from site but dashed out to freshen up and later came back to collect his days' pay only to find that the building had collapsed.

"It is difficult to estimate the number of persons trapped. We have eight machines working in each floor. And on each machines we have 22 persons attached to it. In fact we should be more than 200 persons at site," he said.

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