Enugu Capital Territory Development Agency has confirmed that four children of the same family were killed in a building collapse in Agric Quarters, Mgbemena, in the Coal Camp area of the state.
The Chairman of ECTDA, Mr Uche Anya, gave the confirmation to the News Agency of Nigeria on Saturday after inspecting the site of the collapsed building.
Anya noted that the bungalow, located at the Agric Quarters in the Coal Camp area, collapsed on Friday around 8pm after a downpour.
He said the structure, which was initially approved for animal husbandry, was converted to a residential building.
While lamenting that the collapsed building was not healthy for human habitation, the ECTDA chairman revealed that the structure had 44 rooms with about 200 residents.
“As soon as we got the intelligence, we rushed to the place. Four children died in the episode. It was a disaster waiting to happen. The construction was irresponsible.
“The place should never have been occupied by human beings. In fact, go there and see.
“Apparently, they claim that they are doing animal husbandry and poultry there but it turned out that there are 44 rooms that human beings are occupying and there must be a population of over 200 people there.
“The fence line was totally unacceptable; nobody does that, and unfortunately, the people we lost in that tragedy are innocent children and it is very painful,” Anya added.