Family Of 3 Narrowly Escape Death As Mast Falls On Building While Sleeping
Mr. Joseph Eze; his wife, Veronica and their only daughter, who was not named, escaped death by the whiskers Tuesday night when a communication mast pulled down by rainstorm fell on their house at Udoka Housing Estate in Awka, Anambra State.
The family had gone to bed after having dinner unwary of the impending disaster as the mast still under construction,
fell and hit the roof of their bungalow, destroying the house as well as the walls of nearby buildings and some electric poles.
Eze said: “We were sleeping around 10 p.m when the rain started falling with heavy wind and the next thing we heard was a big bang on our building. We ran out of the bed and saw part of the mast resting on our bed.”
His wife, Veronica, regretted that the incident had rendered them homeless, adding: “We have no place now to sleep.”
Residents of the area, who gathered at the scene expressed regret that despite an earlier warning by authorities of the Anambra State Housing Development Corporation, owners of the mast went ahead to convince higher authorities that the mast would not pose any problem in the area.
But Chairman of Udoka Housing Estate phase II residents, Rev. Obiora Nwosu, said yesterday that right from inception, they knew the installation of the mast was a health hazard