HAPPENING NOW: Tragedy In Abuja As 18 People Are Presently trapped In Collapsed 4 Storey Building In Abuja
At least 18 people are trapped beneath the rubble of a four-storey building which collapsed around 1.30pm in the Jabi area of Abuja, Punch Newspaper is reporting.
According to the Newspaper, the building which was under construction when it collapsed had over 25 people inside.
Rescue officials were said to have rescued about six persons while a corpse has been evacuated.
A witness said children and food hawkers were among those trapped in the building. Eight people were said to have been rescued, including the site engineer, whose leg was reportedly broken.
According to TheCable, rescue operations were ongoing as at the time of filing this report with Officials of federal capital territory (FCT) fire service and National Emergency Management Authority ( NEMA ) currently at the scene.
Julius Berger PLC has deployed sophisticated equipment to the scene of the collapse.
A groundnut seller identified as Helen who escaped death said one of the workers sent her out to call a woman selling Fura, a local drink, but by the time she returned, the building had collapsed.
Helen said many people were inside the building, both at the ground floor and the last floor. She was still in a state of shock when she shared the experience with reporters.
All roads leading to the area have been closed, forcing motorists to use alternative routes.
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