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Four feared dead in Delta building collapse
FOUR days after a three-storey building collapsed in Jos, Plateau State killing 14 people, four persons on Saturday died after another three-storey building collapsed in Abraka, Ethiope East Council area, Delta State.
Several other construction workers were said to be trapped by The collapsed uncompleted building identified as the new 206 Hotel located along Aghwana Avenue in Abraka.
No reason was given as the cause of the collapse, an eye witness identified as Otega, who spoke to reporters said the heavy downpour which reportedly started Friday could have been responsible for the building collapse.
“The new 206 Hotel under construction at Aghwana Avenue, Abraka, this morning collapsed after a heavy downpour?, Otega said.
“Four construction workers who had arrived early for the day’s job were trapped and later confirmed dead. Rescue efforts are still ongoing to see if there are others trapped to be rescued.”
“From what I gathered, the building collapsed between 5:30 am and 6:00 am and it could have been due to the heavy rains since Friday. It is still under construction so any other reason could have been responsible for the accident.”
It was gathered that the owner of the building had taken to his heels.
Delta State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Onome Onowakpoyeya, a Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) could not confirm the casualty figures. He said the command was yet to be informed of the number of deaths recorded in the incident.