Father, two children die in Imo building collapse

Three persons from the same family died, yesterday, after a
storey building collapsed on them at Umugide village in Oforola
autonomous community in Owerri West local council area of
Imo State.
The debris of the house which collapsed, yesterday.
Speaking to Sunday Vanguard at the scene of the incident, the
first son of the family, Mr. Marcellinus Okpomeshina, said that
while his mother, Mrs. Felicia Okpomeshina, was pulled out of
the rubble early and rushed to hospital, his father and two of his
siblings were not that lucky.
“My mother returned from night vigil this (yesterday) morning
and, on sighting cracks on the wall and floor, she wondered why
I was still lying in the room, despite the lurking danger. The
building collapsed as I made my way out of the house”,
Marcellinus recounted.
“Neighbours helped to pull my mother out of the rubble”, he
said, pointing out that it was his mother that disclosed where
her husband was trapped in the debris.
The first daughter of the family, Camilia Okpomeshina, said she
was not in the house when the incident occurred.
“I am devastated by the incident. Look at the way we have lost
our loved ones. I don’t know what else to tell you”, she said,
weeping.
The state Deputy Commissioner of Police, DCP, (Operations),
Mr. Abdullahi Kurawa, who confirmed the incident, said: “This is
about the third reported building collapse we are witnessing in
the recent past. We are here to not only see things for
ourselves, but also ensure that we do the needful in the
circumstance”.
As of the time of going to press, the bodies of the victims had
been pulled out of the rubble deposited at an undisclosed
morgue.

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