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Building collapse claims at least 2 lives in Abia

NEWSMAN, Abuja – At least 2 persons have reportedly died as a 3 storey building collapsed along Azikiwe road, Aba, the commercial nerve of Abia State.

Information about the incident is still sketchy but one person who was rescued from the rumble is receiving treatment in an undisclosed hospital.

Sources say the incident happened in the early hours of Wednesday after torrential rain on Tuesday.

It was gathered the deceased and survivor were homeless residents that usually take refuge in the building still undergoing construction at night.

A shop owner in the area said the incident happened on early hours of Wednesday as the building was still under construction as he closed for business, Tuesday.

 “The building was still standing when I closed for business Tuesday. Construction work was ongoing, but when I came on Wednesday, the building had collapsed. Two persons have been confirmed dead, one rescued and taken to hospital while five persons are trapped in the building.” He told Vanguard.

The cause of the collapse has been attributed to the use of substandard materials by the contractor.

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