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FW: Public agitation as Port Harcourt storey building collapses

Aisha-Nana Salaudeen

Aisha-Nana Salaudeen

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This article is part of our #FirstWord series to provide context on trending news

On Friday, November 23, a 7 storey building under construction on Woji Road, GRA phase 2, Port Harcourt collapsed killing 5 people. The building buried over 60 persons in the rubble, and till this moment rescue operations are ongoing.

One of the survivors who identified himself to Leadership newspaper as Obinna said he was unconscious for a while when the building fell on him.

“We finished work for the day, took our bath and were lying on the ground. I heard a sharp sound, about 16 of my colleagues sank and as I turned to run, the rubbles gripped me and I didn’t know myself again. When I regained consciousness, I saw a little hole close to the generator stand and I forced myself and crawled out from there. I raised my voice and people who were selling outside came and assisted me.” - Obinna

The suppliers, and construction workers were reported to be on the ground floor of the building waiting for their weekly payment when the building fell. According to Channels TV, 36 persons have so far been rescued.

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