Jinja building tragedy: 4 dead, 12 hospitalised

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The scene of the collapse

Police in Jinja is investigating the incident in which a four storeyed building complex located on School lane off Ghokale road, in Jinja Municipality, collapsed at about 17:30hrs on 15th January 2020.

The building complex which was still under construction is estimated to have had close to 32 workers on site at the time of its collapse.

Deputy police spokesperson, ACP Polly Namaye, says 12 people have been recovered from the debris and admitted at Jinja referral hospital.

The rescue operation is still on-going with the hope of finding any more people who could still be trapped alive under the rubble and help them to access emergency treatment.

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Four bodies have so far been retrieved and taken to Jinja hospital for post-mortem and hand over to relatives for burial.

They have been identified as; Isabirye Joseph 20 years, a casual labourer and a resident of Buhuma village in Butagaya subcounty, Muhofa Denis 29 years, a casual labourer resident of Walukuba East, Sadi Balaba 18 years, a casual labourer and a resident of Kabowa village, Budondo subcounty and Akiram Bosco 22 years, a casual labourer and a resident of Kabowa vilage, Budondo sub county all in Jinja district.

The exact number of the people who are still missing has not yet been established.

According to some survivors, some workers managed to escape from the collapsing building.

The Police re-assured the public that rescue efforts will continue until the team is sure that there are no more people trapped under the rubble. 

“We have intensified efforts to locate and question the site engineer, as well as the site supervisor.”

“The investigation is also analysing critically the building materials used in this construction project to establish whether they are of standard quality not or if the construction itself was shoddily done. We have requested for a technical report from the municipal engineer as the investigation into this matter continues.”

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