A four-story building, still under construction reportedly collapsed in Owelle-Aja layout obosi, Idemili North local government Area of Anambra State.
The structure, located off Tony Eze street, was said to have collapsed around 7 am on Monday.
TribuneOnline gathered that workers at the site were yet to resume work when the incident happened.
A resident of the area, who preferred anonymity, alleged that the building earlier had the foundation for two-storey before the owner later decided to add two extra floors, which led to the collapse.
He also said there were cracks in the building prior to the introduction of the two additional floors.
Another resident, who gave her name as Obiageli, described the soil texture of the area as soft and easily washed away by the rain.
“People hardly build such multi-storied building here. What is common here are two-storey buildings. Besides, the building has been under the rain and sun for years which was enough to weaken the foundation,” she said.
Reacting, the Chairman of the Landlord Associations of the area, Chief Chuka Chukwudebelu, blamed the collapse on use of substandard materials.
“We suspect that it may be due to use of inferior materials. The landlord was not in a hurry in the building, probably because of inadequate funds.
“His style has been whenever he got money, he committed it to the building. We really sympathise with him.
Chukwudebelu, who said it was not yet certain if any life was lost to the incident, regretted that concerned authorities were yet to bring elevator to remove the debris to confirm if bodies were trapped in the building.
“But I don’t think anyone was trapped since it is an incompleted building and the workers had not come to work by the time it happened.
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