Death toll rise-Nigerians lament slow rescue pace

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 and death toll has risen.

About 60 persons were said to be at the site when it collapsed and it’s expected that Death toll will rise.

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.

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?

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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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.

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.


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.

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.


However, speaking to reporters on Monday, Ejike Martins, the South-South Coordinator of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has given reason for the slowness of rescue operations.

The peculiarity of this collapse is such that every floor fell directly on the other; the implication is that the debris will be removed bit by bit.  This is what has made the operation to be seen as relatively slow, this is also the reason it is taking some time,” he said, according to Vanguard

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