Wednesday, 12 January 2022

Many Fear Dead as Church Building Collapsed in Delta

Asuquo Cletus Felix

There was tension on Tuesday, when a church building belonging to the Salvation Ministries  collapsed in Okpanam, Oshimili North LGA, Delta state.

In several videos which have gone viral, some persons, including children, have been rescued, while others where trapped with an unconfirmed number of occupant feared dead. 

Officials of the Red Cross, fire service, and security agencies were seen  on the ground as rescue operations continue.

A bulldozer was  also at the scene digging through the rubble.

Some of the worshippers, passersby and sympathisers could be heard praying and crying.

Edafe Bright, Delta state police spokesman, who confirmed the incident to said 18 persons have so far been rescued.

"We just left the scene now. 18 people so far have been rescued and so far," he said.

"Rescue Operation is over, 18 person rescued initially, four person's discharged, 11 person's still receiving treatment, three deaths recorded which includes two female children and one woman, their names unknown for now, kindly debunk the rumours making rounds that ten people died, that's not correct."