Four persons killed in Douala building collapse

lAt least four people were killed when a two-storey building under construction collapsed in the Ndokotti neighborhood, Douala early Sunday.
It was not immediately clear what caused the collapse, but it happened after an overnight rainfall in the city, according to Equinoxe Television, a local channel.
The governor of the Littoral Region, Mr Ivaha Diboa Samuel Dieudonne, who visited the scene, said provisional toll stood at three as rescue operations by the fire fighting brigade continued.
There were fears the toll may rise as witnesses told the news service of the Cameroon Radio Television (CRTV) that tens of people were in the uncompleted building that had a drinking spot on its ground floor.
Building collapses happen frequently in the Cameroonian towns, especially Douala and Yaoundé, largely due to poor workmanship and the use of sub-standard construction materials.
Many of the buildings that collapsed were blloiamed on the stakeholders’ failure to observe the construction rules.

Equinoxe TV reported, citing council authorities, that the collapsed building’s owner lives abroad and may not have obtained the official construction approval from the Douala City Council.
Early this week, a three-storey building under construction collapsed at the Omnisport neighborhood near the Ahmadou Ahidjo Stadium in Yaoundé.
Neighbors said the building had developed visible cracks, but the owner of the property would not be persuaded to stop work.  lo


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