It was a double tragedy for the construction industry in Anambra State as a two-storey building under construction collapsed in Amikwo village, Awka, the state capital, while another two-storey building also collapsed in Oko, Aguata Local Government Area of the state.
Four persons were reportedly trapped inside the debris in the Oko building but were rescued with injuries, while about 20 persons reportedly escaped death in that of Amikwo.
According to eyewitnesses who preferred anonymity, the Amikwo building collapsed at about 2 am, falling on part of an occupied nearby two-storey building. No life was lost in the incident.
When our correspondent visited the scene on Wednesday, the building had been sealed by officials of the Awka Capital Territory Development Authority (ACTDA).
Reacting, Managing Director, ACTDA, Ven Amaechi Okwuosa, revealed that the building had been under construction for the past ten years and was marked for demolition in 2018.
“Although the developer had commenced demolition of the building, the right equipment was not used, hence the collapse,” he said
Okwuosa pledged the agency’s commitment to ensuring the structural integrity of buildings done in the state capital territory.