Many are trapped as a church building collapsed in Delta.
Glamtush reports that many people are said to be trapped as one storey belonging to Salvation Ministries collapsed during evening service on Tuesday at Okpanam, Oshinili North local government area of Delta state.
Salvation Ministries is owned by a popular Nigerian pastor, David Ibiyeomie, with headquarters in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.
According to Punch Metro, the incident which occurred around 5 pm especially at the children section of the church trapped over 50 kids during bible studies.
It was learnt that the church building, which has stayed for over 10 years was initially designed as a plaza before the church occupied the upper chamber of the one storey building.
One of the church members simply identified as Grace Ibe, stated that the service was ongoing when the building collapsed with a thunderous noise.
“We were clapping and praying when suddenly we heard the cracking and the building swallowed the children section with the children,” she said.
She said the church is currently observing its new year 21-day fasting but members of the ill-fated church came to break the fasting with a communion service.
Men of the Delta State Emergency Management Agency, fire service and the state police command formed the rescue team as trapped children were crying under the debris of the collapsed building.
Witness said no fewer than 15 women and 20 children have been rescued but it could not be ascertained whether they were still alive as they were being rolled into ambulances.
Worshippers, family members and sympathisers were crying as efforts were on to rescue other victims.