Ten die, scores under rubble as church building collapses in Delta State

Scores of persons including women and children are said to be trapped in a collapsed building housing a church at Okpanam in Oshimili North Local Government Area of Delta State.

About ten others are also feared dead in the collapsed building housing Salvation Ministries owned by one Pastor David.

It was said to have caved in during Tuesday’s evening service.

The building was undergoing another phase of reconstruction when the mishap occurred.

A church member, who simply identified herself as Grace, said the service was going on when the building collapsed with a thunderous noise.

”We were clapping and praying when suddenly we heard the cracking and the building swallowed the children section with some children in Bible class.

According to her, the church was observing it’s New Year 21-day fasting, adding that members had come to break Tuesday’s fasting with a communion service.

Men of the Delta State Emergency Management Agency, fire service and the state police command formed the rescue team as trapped children were crying under the debris of the collapsed building.

As at the time of filing this report, some worshippers including women and children had been rescued and rolled into waiting ambulances.

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