Building Collapse Hits Rivers

A three storey residential building in the early hours of Wednesday collapsed in Port Harcourt, Rivers State capital.

Our correspondent who visited the scene of the incident reports that the building which is located at 112 Bende Street, Old Port Harcourt Township is said to be a very old building, which has long lost the integrity of habitation

One of the residents in the area told our correspondent that the building collapsed at about 2am, while residents of the area were still asleep as a part of the building fell to the ground.

According to him, the building had earlier been marked for demolition by the Rivers State Government before the incident occurred.
Some shop owners around the building were also seen parking their goods as they fear that the remaining part could fall on them anytime soon.
Though no human casualty was recorded as inhabitants survived in what some residents of the neighborhood described as a miraculous intervention of God, but the incident this morning left its occupants stranded.
Other nearby residents were said to have rushed witt ladders and other equipment to evacuate the occupants to safety as the staircase had been affected and could not be accessed at the time.
Officials of the Rivers State Ministry of Lands and Housing were yet to visit or confirm the development at the time of filing this report.

By Henry Okere, Port-Harcourt

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