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Nursing mother dies, others trapped in Anambra collapsed building

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… 10 killed, many trapped in India building collapse

Seven killed in Colombia attack

AN unidentified nursing mother was yesterday pronounced dead while her six-month-old baby was rescued alive from the rubble of a collapsed building in Obosi, Idemmili North Local Government Area of Anambra State.

Eyewitnesses said that many are others were trapped under the rubble while some were rescued with varying degrees of injury.

An eyewitness told our correspondent that the one-storey building collapsed around 4pm, killing the woman instantly, while several others sustained varying degrees of injury.

Police Public Relations Officer in Anambra state, Haruna Mohammed, confirmed the incident.

According to him, the corpse of the deceased had been deposited in a morgue, while investigation was ongoing to ascertain the cause of the collapse.

“On Sunday, a one-storey building suddenly collapsed at Umuota village, Obosi town, in the Idemili North LGA of Anambra State. The scene was visited and cordoned off by policemen attached to the Obosi Division and other security agencies in order to prevent hoodlums from taking advantage to loot, while effort is ongoing to rescue other victims suspected to have been trapped in the building.

One person, a woman of about 40 years old, whose name has yet to be ascertained, was pronounced dead by a medical doctor and her baby is responding to treatment. The corpse was deposited in the St. Edward’s Mortuary for preservation. The case is under investigation to ascertain the circumstances surrounding the incident,” he said.

  In a similar development, ten people were killed and up to 25 are feared trapped after a three-storey residential building collapsed before dawn on Monday in western India, officials said.

According to local authorities, the accident occurred yesterday in the city of Bhiwandi, near India’s financial hub, Mumbai.

Emergency workers from the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) pulled 19 people from the rubble — including two boys aged four and seven — to loud cheers from residents.

According to NDRF commandant, Ithape Pandit, total number of deaths is 10 while rescue operations are ongoing.

But NDRF director general, Satya Narayan Pradhan, tweeted that specialist teams and sniffer dogs were trying to rescue another “20-25 feared trapped.

An official at the Thane city authority, which oversees Bhiwandi, also said that more than 40 emergency workers were helping search for survivors.

Images broadcast on the NDRF’s official Twitter feed showed emergency workers combing through concrete and brick rubble with electrical wires hanging over their heads.

The cause of the accident was not immediately clear, but building collapses are common during India’s June-September monsoon, with old and rickety structures buckling after days of non-stop rain.

Also, seven people were yesterday killed and four others injured in an attack in south-western Colombia.

The attack happened in Munchique, in the south-western state of Cauca.

It will be recalled that more than 240 people have died in 60 massacres – defined as killings of at least three people – in the country so far this year.

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