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SAD! 10 Dead Others Trapped As Church Building Collapses In Delta During First Service

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Ten persons are feared dead as a one-storey building said to belong to Salvation Ministries collapsed at Okpanam in Oshimili North Local Government Area of Delta State.

Trixx NG learnt the building, which is being used for the first time, reportedly collapsed at about 5:55 p.m. during a Tuesday evening service.

The building harbouring the church is located opposite Rain Oil Filling Station by the Redeemed junction, along Okpanam Road in Asaba.

It gathered that building, which is over 10 years was initially designed as a plaza before the church bought it at N300 million, adding that the one storey building was being reconstructed by the Church.

Vanguard reports that that over 35 persons, including children, women and men have been rescued unhurt, while four persons have been rushed to the Asaba Specialist Hospital for medical attention.

A church member, who simply identified herself as Grace, said the service was ongoibg when the building collapsed with a thunderous noise, saying; “we were clapping and praying when suddenly we heard the cracking and the building swallowed the chuldren section with the children.”

 

According to her, they were observing their new year 21, adding that they came for evening service to break the day fasting with a communion service when the building collapsed.

 

Secretary to the State Government, Chief Patrick Ukah; the State Commissioner for Health, Dr Ononye Mordi, a team of Red Cross officers, and firefighters were on the ground on a rescue mission.

 

With rescue operations ongoing, worshippers, family members and sympathisers were seen crying.

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