Scores of people are feared dead in Uganda’s eastern town of Jinja after the collapse of a two-storey commercial building.
Pictures obtained by ChimpReports show rescuers struggling to reach those feared trapped under a mountain of rubble.
The Uganda Red Cross Society (URCS) publicist Irene Nakasiita on Wednesday evening said, “Close to 40 people are believed to have been inside.”
Located near Jinja Secondary School, the storied structure was still under construction.
“Our team is working with the police to support the rescue process,” said Nakasiita, adding, “4 people so far rescued.”
As rescue operations continued, scores of people clustered around the pancaked structure waiting to find news of their family and friends.
Building collapses are common in Uganda, where housing is in high demand and unscrupulous developers often bypass regulations.
In October 2019, a building collapsed in Bakuli, killing two people.
In October 2008 at NSSF Pension Towers, seven people died when a wall collapsed at a construction site on Lumumba Avenue in Kampala.
Weak foundation and structures; incompetent engineers; counterfeit material; change in function of structures and mistakes in mixing building materials are blamed for collapse of buildings in the country.