Cameroonian authorities say no less than 9 folks had been killed and practically three dozen injured in a constructing collapse
ByEDWIN KINDZEKA MOKI Related Press
YAOUNDE, Cameroon — Not less than 9 folks had been killed and practically three dozen injured in a constructing collapse, Cameroonian authorities stated on Sunday.
A four-story constructing collapsed onto a smaller one early Sunday morning in Douala, the nation’s financial heart and largest metropolis, 130 miles (210 km) west of the capital, Yaounde.
“The casualty figures could also be increased. Rescue employees, assisted by Cameroon authorities troops, are nonetheless digging the wreckage to see if extra our bodies may be recovered,” stated Samuel Dieudonne Ivaha Diboua, governor of Cameroon’s Littoral area.
The navy’s hearth brigade has been ordered to affix the nation’s Pink Cross and different rescue providers in looking for survivors trapped beneath the rubble.
Residents dwelling within the Ndogbon neighborhood the place the incident occurred stated they’re in shock.
“We heard folks screaming … and struggled to assist some out of the wreckage, however couldn’t do it with our spades and (backyard) hoes,” stated Gaspard Ndoppo, who lives close to the collapsed buildings.
Constructing collapses occur usually in Douala, typically resulting from pure disasters akin to landslides and different occasions due to poor building, locals say.
Douala’s metropolis council is at present demolishing homes in high-risk zones vulnerable to floods or landslides.
The constructing that collapsed on Sunday was not marked for demolition.