10 feared killed as church building collapses in Delta

10 feared killed as church building collapses in Delta

No fewer than 10 persons were feared killed when the building housing a church, the Salvation Ministry, at Okpanam community in Oshimili North Local Government Area of Delta State collapsed on Tuesday evening.

Witnesses said that unspecified number of worshippers were trapped under the debris of the collapsed building.

The PUNCH gathered that the building, which was being used for the first time, collapsed at about 5.55pm during Tuesday’s evening service.

About eight persons were said to have been rescued unhurt in the collapsed building while four others with varying degrees of injury were reportedly rushed to the Asaba Specialist Hospital for medical attention.

Worshippers, family members and sympathisers were seen crying just as efforts were being intensified to rescue other trapped victims.

As of the time of filing this report, the Secretary to the State Government, Chief Patrick Ukah; the state Commissioner for Health, Dr Ononye Mordi; a team of the Red Cross officials and some personnel of the Fire Service were on ground on a rescue mission.

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The state Police Public Relations Officer , DSP Bright Edafe, could not be reached for comments on the church building collapse.

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