KADUNA — A three-storey building, said to have been built over 101 years ago, yesterday, collapsed in Kaduna metropolis, trapping all the tenants that were inside at the time of the incident.
No fewer than 50 people were in the building as the time of the incident and only five children, a woman and one other man had been rescued at press time as there were no equipment to carry out the operation.
This was even as some of the victims continued to hit the walls of the collapsed building, screaming for help.
A middle-aged woman and occupants of the building collapsed on seeing the ruins, after shouting “my children, my children!”
She was taken to one of the nearby hospitals by men of the state’s Operation Yaki in a vehicle with number plate KAF 251 AA.
Sources said the building, located along Hadeja Road by Ibrahim Taiwo Road, had its three top floors as residential homes, while the ground floor was used for trading.
It was said that the building, which collapsed at 2.32p.m., attracted passers-by and neighbours, which security men found difficult to control.
Gov, deputy seek help
Vanguard learnt that Governor Muktar Yero and his deputy, Nuhu Bajoga, cut short other state functions and participated in the efforts to rescue the victims.
They were said to have called relevant agencies to move down their rescue equipment to the site of the collapsed building.
Bajoga later sent the manager of one of the construction firms in the state, PWD, to ask for bulldozers and other equipment to hasten the rescue operation.
Some officials of the State Emergency Management Agency, SEMA, at the scene of were helpless in the chaotic environment as they had no rescue equipment.