Two storey building collapse in Rivers State, leaving two dead.
Atwo-storey building collapsed on Saturday in Aluu community in Rivers State, South-South Nigeria, reportedly killing three labourers.
Confirming the incident, the Rivers State Police Public Relations Officer, Grace Iringe-Koko, said that “only one labourer died as a result of the incident.”
Meanwhile, TheCable reports that while confirming the incident on Sunday, the head of the disaster management rescue team of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) in the state, Ngene James, said three labourers died in the building collapse.
James said the property has been sealed off to ensure a detailed investigation is carried out on the cause of the incident, adding that preliminary investigations showed that the building collapsed due to the use of substandard building materials.
He said, “Upon arrival at the disaster scene, we joined in the joint rescue operation by the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) and sister security agencies.
“Three labourers working at the construction site lost their lives.
“Preliminary investigation showed that the two-storey building collapsed as a result of the use of low-quality iron rods and other materials in its construction.”
James advised property owners to be wary of quacks and desperate building contractors who care only about their pockets rather than safety.