A two-storey building has collapsed in Amawbia, Awka South Local Government Area of Anambra State.
The building located along Amawbia bypass was said to be serving as both residential and business activities.
A victim, Mr Augustine Ikeji said the building collapsed around 11pm on Wednesday while residents were fast asleep following a heavy thunder.
“The debris fell on me and four of my children while we were sleeping in our room close to the collapsed portion of the building.
“Some of my properties were destroyed, while my kids who sustained varying degrees of injury were later rushed to the hospital,” he said.
Another resident who preferred anonymity blamed the incident on use of inferior building materials by the developer.
Speaking shortly after sealing the premises, Managing Director, Awka Capital Territory Development Authority (ACTDA), Amaechi Okwuosa disclosed that the structure did not meet building standards.
He said, “Though the owner may have gotten approval more than fifteen years ago, the structure was substandard and did not meet the building standards.
“Despite efforts by the agency to make the owner stop work, he went ahead to build at night with substandard materials which led to the total collapse.”
While encouraging developers to desist from building without necessary approvals from relevant government agencies, Okwuosa said the owner would forfeit the land in line with the state existing law which provided that any collapsed building would be forfeited.