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Port Harcourt Building Collapse: Death toll rises to 15 as Nigerians lament Slow Pace of Rescue Operation

It’s been 18 days since the collapse of a 7-storey building under construction along Woji Road in the Government Reserved Area of Port Harcourt, the Rivers state capital.

About 60 persons were said to be at the site when it collapsed.

Channels is reporting that the death toll has risen to 15 while 31 others have been rescued alive.

Friends and family of those still trapped in the building have taken to social media to lament the slow pace of work at the site as well as the lack of attention given to rescue operations by the government.

Juliet ‘Kego #JusticeForOchanya@julietkego

Are those trapped in the Port Harcourt rubble finally rescued?@bonario89 Please any updates about your friend?🙏🙏

Has Gov Wike addressed the rescue issue? Are there periodic updates for family members? Any trauma care/psychosocial support?

Are we holding govt accountable?

BONARIO NNAGS@bonario89

Juliet at at today, my friend Morgan and so many others are still trapped there. Their fate remain unknown. But scientifically we doubt if they’ll still be alive. At this point we are even asking for his body to give him a descent rest.

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Juliet ‘Kego #JusticeForOchanya@julietkego

And what a painful way to die…it is horrible even imagining it.

Until our society regains basic human decency/empathy, no Railroads/Bridges/Roads/Electricity… will save us.

BONARIO NNAGS@bonario89

My own is they should help end this over 2weeks of mental torture. We need closure fast on the issue.
They failed to rescue Morgan alive, we won’t allow them give him mass burial on that site.
He deserves better.

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Chioma Agwuegbo

@ChiomaChuka

Just leaving the site where the building collapsed in PH. 13 days after and they’re not yet at the ground floor yet. Only one excavator is in use. Officials on ground seem quicker to stop people from filming than getting anything done.
No urgency. None.

Chioma Agwuegbo

@ChiomaChuka

There were at least three other excavators on site, but only one was in use. The pace of work I saw? Laughable. But the joke is on us.

Our lives don’t matter. My thoughts and prayers are with the families of the people trapped in the building.

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