Heavy rainfall collapsed a three-storey building in Onitsha

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A three-storey building collapsed in Onitsha, Anambra State, on Wednesday, following a downpour in the area.

The wall of the Onitsha Correctional Centre (formerly the Onitsha Prison) also suffered a similar fate.

An eyewitness said that no life was lost in the incidents.

The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Haruna Mohammed, confirmed both incidents.

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Mohammed, who said no life was lost in both incidents, added that the Commissioner of Police in the state, John Abanh, had visited the scenes.

He said the building was located on No. 22 Nkisi Aroli Street, Onitsha, and belonged to one Chukwuma Njeka.

Mohammed stated, “The building collapsed today (Wednesday) due to the downpour. No casualty was recorded and the value of the damaged property has yet to be determined.

“The scene was cordoned off by the police to prevent looters from taking advantage and to enable the clearance of the rubble.”

The PPRO added that the CP also visited the Onitsha Correctional Centre, where the rear fence collapsed following the downpour.

“The CP ordered the immediate deployment of police personnel to secure the area. However, no casualty was recorded and no inmate escaped due to the collapsed fence,” Mohammed added.

Meanwhile, commercial activities were paralysed in Benin, the Edo State capital, on Wednesday, following eight hours of continuous rainfall.

Shops, stalls and government offices remained shut for most part of the day, while workers reported late for work.

Schoolchildren and their teachers were also caught in the gridlock resulting from the downpour as only few pupils were able to report for academic activities.

Some of the residents, who spoke with our reporter, said they had no choice but to allow the rain to have its way since it was its season.

Governor Godwin Obaseki advised residents of the state to be careful and vigilant as they move around in the rain.

In a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Communication Strategy, Mr Crusoe Osagie, the governor urged residents to be wary of flash flood in parts of the state and exercise caution when moving around as pedestrians and motorists so as to avoid casualties.

Obaseki stated, “We want to caution residents in the state to be careful and vigilant when they move around, as we may experience momentary flooding in parts of the state. Parents are advised to keep watch over their children so that they do not stray and get caught up in flash flood.’’

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