Four persons feared dead on Saturday after a heavy downpour, which led to the collapsing of a bridge in Oko-Erin, within Ilorin, the Kwara State capital.
A vechile with five people were drowned as the bridge collapsed.
Accounts of the State Fire Service brigade indicated that “one of the passengers of the vehicle descended to check the depth of the flood but unluckily the bridge collapsed.”
“The same time, two other passengers came down from the vehicle and got trapped too,” the account added.
The news reports that since the collapse of the bridge at about 11pm on Saturday, the rescue and search unit of the fire brigade has been working round the clock to recover the remaining missing bodies.
Residents of the area also praised the timely response from the fire service personnel.
According to the phone conversation withthe Comptroller, Kwara State Fire Service, Abdul Waheed Iyanda Yakubu, to the reporter he saidthat two of the passengers in the submerged vehicle survived but three others, including the driver, were still missing.
Also, one dead body identified as Okechukwu Orwabo was found at Coca-Cola road on Sunday morning, according to the head of media and publicity, fire service brigade, Hassan Hakeem, in a statement in Ilorin.
It said two others identified as Chuben Orwabo and Chibike Orwabo were still missing, just as it warned members of the public to be extra careful while driving during rainfalls.
The State Commissioner for Works also paid a visit to the disaster area for an on-the-spot assessment of the incident.
Source: Daily Post