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Two die, several injured as house collapses in Benin

Two die, several injured as house collapses in Benin

Iyene Etim

Two person has died and and several others injured over the weekend in a collapsed building located opposite the NNPC Mega filling station on Sapele Road, Benin.

According to reports, the tragedy struck when the victims were pouring concrete on a cantilever projection on the third floor and the apparently substantial form-work caved in

One of the deceased who was simply identified as Mike, sustained a deep cut in the chest, when he and his colleagues fell from the third floor to the ground, where they were allegedly smashed by concrete slabs had died after being rushed to the Central Hospital in Benin. The other have not being identified as at the time this report was filed.

One survivor who gives his name as Sunday Oniuvusa, a graduate of Mechanical Engineering from the University of Benin said, “Some of the blocks that fell prevented the planks on the ground from harming us; I was lucky. But in the boy’s case, there was nothing to protect him so one of the planks pierced his chest.”

The supervisor of the project, Mr. Morris Omoregie‎, in an interaction with Sunday Mirror at the hospital, blamed the collapse incident on a different contractor, noting that the remains of the deceased had been deposited in a mortuary, while those injured were still receiving treatment.

He said, “I am directly involved because I lost someone. I called them to place the concrete and their form-work collapsed. ‎The form-work was supposed to hold everything until 21 days. They are my persons.

“I am the one handling their medical bills so far,” the supervisor added.