ABUJA, (Xinhua) --
Nigerian emergency management authorities on
Monday confirmed 15 bodies were recovered and 31 persons rescued
from the rubble of a seven-storey building which collapsed last
month in the southern city of Port Harcourt, the country’s oil
Ejike Martins, a
coordinator of the National Emergency Management Agency, said
“the peculiarity of this collapse is such that every floor fell
directly on the other; the implication is that the debris will
be removed bit by bit,” Martins told a news conference in Port
Harcourt, also the capital of the southern state of Rivers.
located in a Government Reserved Area of the major Nigerian
city, was under construction when it collapsed three weeks ago.
The slow pace of
rescue operation at the site had earlier evoked strong
criticisms from local citizens.