Tragedy as two workers die in Imo building site

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Tragedy as two workers die in Imo building site

By Damian Duruiheoma, Owerri

Tragedy struck on Tuesday afternoon after a wall at a building under construction on Njemanze Street, Owerri, the Imo State capital, collapsed killing two workers.

Another worker, who sustained severe injuries, is said to still being attended to by doctors at the intensive care unit of an undisclosed hospital.

The Nation gathered foundation work was ongoing at the site when the wall of the building caved in, trapping the workers, whose identifies could not be ascertained as of the time of filing this report.

It was gathered the foundation for the three-storey building was being dug near the old fence, thereby exposing the foundation of the fence, which collapsed on the workers.

The deceased, according to eyewitnesses, were brought out of the debris dead while the other one was rescued with varying degrees of injuries.

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Residents of the area were said to have thronged the scene to help in rescuing the injured victim under the debris.

One of the rescuers from Amawom village, Owerri, who gave his name as Chikodi, told our correspondent the structure was at the foundation stage.

He said: “You know this was an old building before it was demolished last week to give way for a more modern building. But the fence, which was equally old had to collapse as the foundation of the new house affected it.

“The victims have dug the foundation up to five feet very close to the fence. They were now mixing concrete when part of the fence caved in on them”.

Spokesman of Imo Police command, Orlando Ikeokwu, could respond to inquiries on the incident by our reporter.

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