Building collapse at Ekwueme University Teaching Hospital leaves two trapped

Two persons trapped as 3-storey building under construction collapse in Abakaliki, Ebonyi State

Two persons have been reportedly trapped inside a three-storey building under construction, that collapsed on Tuesday evening in Abakaliki the Ebonyi State capital.

The collapsed building is located inside the Alex Ekwueme Federal University Teaching Hospital, Abakaliki.

During a search and rescue operation, one person was rescued and rushed to the hospital for medical treatment, as one other person is still trapped inside the collapsed building.

One of the labourers, who escaped from the collapsed building, narrated that he escaped because he went to wash his hands.

“I was loading a bag of stones and the owner of the house was here with me, telling me to park it very well. He has finished paying us.

The Telegraph gathered that only one person, who is dumb was trapped inside and he is still there as of the time of filling this report. One other who was rescued has been rushed to hospital.

“The building did not give any sign that it was about to collapse. I was lucky because my tools were inside. I just said let me wash my hands here before I will go inside the building to collect my tools,” he stated.

Ebonyi Police spokesperson DSP Joshua Ukandu via chat, confirmed that men of the operatives and officials from the state Ministry of Works and Capital Development authority workers, are still on ground, trying to rescue the trapped labourer.

Meanwhile, the second person was later rescued late at night and taken to the hospital.