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Collapsed Building Kills Pregnant Woman, Injures Many in Enugu


Ignatius Okpara, Enugu

It was another black Monday in Enugu when a bungalow of four bedroom collapsed at Ologo new site, in Enugu North local government area of Enugu state killing a pregnant woman and injuring scores of people.

African Examiner gathered that the incident occurred at about 10pm shortly after the victims had gone to bed.

However, a source told our correspondent that the bungalow, collapsed when some parts of a hill surrounding all the houses in the area fell on top of it and other buildings.

A resident of the area who spoke on condition of anonymity disclosed that the late pregnant woman identified as Chinasa Chukwuka was buried inside the house by parts of the hill that fell down.

The resident further stated that all efforts to unearth the woman alive proved abortive, adding that her husband, Emeka Chukwuka became unconscious after sympathisers managed to pull him out.

Narrating how the incident occurred, the owner of the collapsed building, Mr Joseph Nwoye from Ebonyi State said he discussed with Mr. Chukwuka before the incident occurred.

He claimed he told the tenants including the husband of the late pregnant woman to find another accommodation last week when some stones from the hill destroyed parts of the house after a heavy rain.

Nwoye, said the late pregnant woman had prior to the ugly development rejected the alternative accommodation he got for them on the ground that she did not like it.

The landlord, who was weeping profusely, stated that the incident happened few minutes after he had discussions with the husband of the late woman on the accommodation issue.

Hear him: “After discussing with the husband of the late woman in the night, I went inside to sleep and shortly after that, I heard a loud noise and we came out to discover that the house has collapsed.

The pregnant woman died on the spot. My son fainted after the incident. It was raining heavily when it happened. After we heard a loud noise, we ran out and pulled out Mr Emeka Chukwuka alive. I bought the land in 2010. The 2nd tenant,  Cyril Jaja sustained injury. I have asked them to find another place before” He stated.

However, remains of the deceased pregnant woman had been deposited in an undisclosed mortuary in Enugu.

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