Breaking news: Tree buries scores of people in Imo


It was wailing and tears last night as a huge tree (Ukwu Uko) at Umudagu Mbieri, Mbaitoli LGA of Imo State buried scores of people.

The tree was said to have fallen around 8PM following a thunder storm.
The tree shades the residents of the area who use the place as market.
The market was still booming when the calamity struck.
When www.otowngist.com visited the scene, rescue team comprising men of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Fire Service, Imo Environmental Transformation Commission (ENTRACO) and others were excavating the ground searching for victims.
Ambulance was busy taking many casualties to hospital, as exact number of victims could not be ascertained as at press time, while no fewer than five persons were said to be dead.

Crushed water melon being sold at the market before the incident

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