Three people are feared dead as a two-story structure in Rivers collapses.


Three people are feared dead as a two-story structure in Rivers collapses.
Three people, perhaps more, are thought to have perished after a structure under construction collapsed near Isi Ewu Road in the Nbodo Community of Rivers State's Ikwerre Local Government Area.

The slain victims were reportedly laborers who were on the job site of the two-story building at the time of the catastrophe.

Although there were little specifics about the incident at the time this report was filed, it was learned that it happened on a Saturday night while some people suffered injuries and were sent to the hospital.

Additionally, it was reported that Dr. Samuel Nwanosike, the chairman of the Ikwerre Local Government, and members of the Nigeira Security and Civil Defence Corps intervened to stop further casualties.

On Sunday morning, Olufemi Ayodele, the NSCDC's public relations officer for the Rivers State Command, verified the event to our correspondent.

Michael Ogar, the state commandant of the NSCDC, who visited the scene and was quoted by Ayodele in a statement, claimed that the incident was caused by the usage of subpar materials.

Ogar, who was represented by Assistant Commandant James Ngene, Head of the Rivers NSCDC Disaster Management Rescue Team, reported that a preliminary examination had shown that the rods, pillars, and blocks utilized in the two-story building's construction fell far short of the necessary standards.

It is past time for Nigerians to start bearing responsibility for their deeds, especially when human lives are at stake.

"The two-story building collapse in Aluu in the Ikwerre Local Government Area could have been prevented if standard materials and the appropriate standards had been utilized, according to experts.

"Building owners and landlords are hereby warned to be on the lookout for desperate and dubious building contractors who are only interested in their own financial gain and not the lives of innocent people.

"The Rivers State Commandant commended Hon. Samuel Nwanosike, Chairman of the Ikwerre Local Government Area, for mobilizing three pay loaders and providing the required logistics.

"That effort increased the recovery of three corpses during a joint rescue operation by NSCDC, National Emergency Management Agency, other security authorities, and well-meaning people who worked diligently to savage the situation," the statement reads.

"The collapsed building environment has now been roped and sealed to prevent additional calamity," Ogar said, praising everyone who assisted NSCDC personnel in the search and rescue efforts.

Because prevention is always preferable to treatment, it continued, "In furtherance to this, the NSCDC Rivers State Command Crisis Management Department will not relent in carrying out sensitization and awareness programs to warn the public of impending dangers and precautionary measures needed to avert both man-made and natural disasters in our environment."

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