Uyo church building collapse leaves ‘over 200 people dead’

The collapse of the Reigners Bible Church in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State capital on Saturday has left over 200 people dead.

This was disclosed by a professor and chief medical director of the University of Uyo Teaching Hospital, Etete Peters.

“We only lost one person in the hospital except those that were brought dead. In circumstances like this, we have been overwhelmed. We need help from government,” Peters said.

“Many victims are in private hospitals and mortuaries scattered all over Uyo metropolis; we can’t really tell how many people have died so far. We have over 200 persons in the mortuaries. We do not have space, as people are still being brought in.

“We have done our best to revive some victims. Right now, we have over 50 cases we are attending to. This is the first time we are witnessing such an incident.”

A survivor, Uduak Effiong said more than 300 people may have died from the incident.

“I saw over 100 dead bodies. These were the ones close to me,” the victim said.

“From my estimation, more than 300 people might have died as people came from other churches in all parts of the state, including government-sponsored praised singers with uniforms to attend the programme. For some of us that escaped, we only did by the special grace of God.”

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