One individual died and four others were injured as a result of a building collapsed in Okwe, Oshimili South Local Government Area of Delta State.
It was learned that the one-storey building was originally a remodelled car park. When it collapsed, it was being roofed. The director, Capt. Sam Akaraiwe (rtd), was in charge of the job.
The house was constructed in a compact space in a complex of two buildings – an unfinished decorated building and a bungalow where the owner resides. In the limited space, another deck-level structure was also being constructed.
Neighbours attempted to evacuate those trapped in the ruins until emergency personnel arrived with two excavators.
Akaraiwe was wounded in the head. His ringing phone helped emergency workers find him in the rubble.
A survivor, Ike Ifenacho, said he was working skeletal wood on the roof when he saw that the building was caving in, so he jumped off. He suffered minor injuries to his jaw and leg.
An eyewitness on Friday, James, said he heard a big bang and ran out of his home. He immediately gathered others with a shovel and began digging to save those trapped underneath.
According to him, three people were saved while one person was killed.
The chairman of Oshimili Council, Uche Osadebe, blamed the failure on the use of substandard materials and self-monitoring. He added that the building had also not been approved by various government ministries and agencies.
An official of the Red Cross and Chief of the Disaster Management Team in the Assembly, Sunday Moses, and Head of State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), Okpor Daniel, said that four people had been rescued alive while one had been taken out of the debris.