by Rachel Ogbu
One person was confirmed dead, another injured after an overhead tank of a mini-water project at Ukana Iba, Essien Udim Local Government, Akwa Ibom State collapsed on Thursday.
According to an eyewitness, Etim Eyo, “the men were trying to get the water project ready before the inauguration when the tank suddenly collapsed killing one person and injuring another.”
Akwa Ibom state’s Police Public Relations Officer, Etim Dickson, confirmed the horrible accident. “The Divisional Police Officer in the area told me that one person died. The other who was critically injured is still receiving treatment at a cottage hospital there in Ukana.”
The Punch reports:
Eyewitnesses told our correspondent that the water project was supposed to be inaugurated on Thursday (yesterday).
Eyo added that the victims were pumping water into the tank when it collapsed.
He said one of the victims, who climbed up the ladder to check the level of water in the tank, fell down with the tank on the person on the ground.
He added that the person on the ground died instantly while the one who fell with the tank was severely injured and taken to a hospital around the area.
He said, “Suddenly, we saw the man who had climbed the tank falling with the tank. He crashed on the man who was on the ground. The tank that was full of water smashed the man on the ground.”
Residents of the community, who were thrown into mourning, blamed the tragedy on substandard equipment used by the contractor and called on the state government to investigate the incident.