The South-South Coordinator, National Emergency Management Agency, Mr Ejike Martins has said that the agency has rescued 31 persons and have brought out 15 persons dead out of the rubble, at the site of the collapsed in Port Harcourt.
Martins, while speaking to Journalist on Monday, said that every floor of the seven-floor building fell on each other in the process of the collapse, making the effort of rescue operators `appear to be slow’ .
According to him, the complexity of the incident is the caused of the slow pace of rescue operations at the collapsed seven-storey building in Port Harcourt.
“The peculiarity of this collapse is such that every floor fell directly on the other; the implication is that the debris will be removed bit by bit.
“This is what has made the operation to be seen as relatively slow, this is also the reason it is taking some time,’’ he said.
He added that the organization handling rescue operation at the collapse site did their best to ensure that more lives were save, however, the peculiarity of the mishap made it very difficult to achieve in real time.
Naija News recalls that a seven-storey building under construction at the Government Reserved Area, Port Harcourt collapsed on Nov. 19.
NAN recalls that the rescue operations at the site of the building collapse was being criticized by some members of the public as “ slow and poor”. (NAN)