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JUST IN: Four Confirmed Dead In Enugu Building Collapse



About  four siblings had reportedly died on Friday evening at Umeh Agric quarters, behind No. 4 Mgbemena road, Coal camp, Enugu. 

According to a further report, there was an heavy rainfall which forced an illegal retaining fence to collapse.

Residents of the affected building said that the incident occurred at about 4pm when the fence yielded and collapsed on top of the building situated in a valley behind the poorly constructed fence.

One of the residents who survived the incident, Jennifer Okoye narrated to Vanguard that she survived because she was at work when the incident happened but that her room was badly hit by the collapse.

She gave the age bracket of the deceased siblings as between 8 to 15 years, disclosing that their petty trader mother was not at home when the incident took place.“One of the boys is still in the hospital and their mother too who is yet to be informed that her children are dead. The name of their mother is Modester Okereke and their father had died. Even self a remnant body part of one of the victims is still trapped in the rubble behind my room,” Okoye disclosed.

In another development, the Enugu Capital Territory Development Authority, ECTDA, has sealed a property development close to Onitsha quarters, close to New market, where the developer encroached in water way which resulted to flooding of residences in the quarters following the Friday heavy rainfall.

ECTDA has subsequently sealed the residences where the siblings died, same as the property development that caused the flood as well as other illegal developments in Independence layout, Enugu.

Chairman of ECTDA, Hon Uche Anya who visited the affected developments, Saturday morning, said that the affected bungalow where the four siblings died was originally approved for animal husbandry but was converted for residence.

While lamenting that the collapsed building was not healthy for human residence, the ECTDA chairman revealed that the structure has 44 rooms.

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