Fallen Tree Killed 31 Commuters In Owerri Imo State During Rainstorm (Pictures)

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May 18, 2013 – Fallen Tree Killed 31 Commuters In Owerri Imo State During Rainstorm (Photos)

The News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, reports that no fewer than thirty-one persons, including two sisters, were killed when a tree (pictured) at the Ukwu Uko evening market at Umuejinwaoke Umudagu village, Mbieri, Mbaitolu Local Government Area of Imo State, fell on them.

NAN says that 16 other victims sustained varying degrees of injury during the incident, which was caused by a rainstorm on Thursday night.

A resident of the community, Mr. Nnaemeka Emenyonu, told NAN in Owerri that the tree fell on the affected persons about 8:00 pm.

He said the tree also destroyed the village hall.

“The big tree fell suddenly, killing 31 people on the spot and injuring 16 others. Those injured were taken to the hospital. The victims include two sisters, who were selling tomatoes. Honestly, this is the saddest event in the history of our community,” he said.

The traditional ruler of the community, Eze Godwin Duru, lamented that such a tragic incident had never occurred in the community.

“I do not know what to say. God, what can we call this? My people were destroyed within a twinkle of an eye, what a pity,” he said.

The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Mrs. Joy Elemoko, declined comment on the incident after several efforts to get the command’s reaction to the issue.

[Report by News Agency Of Nigeria]

16 thoughts on “Fallen Tree Killed 31 Commuters In Owerri Imo State During Rainstorm (Pictures)

  1. OMG! That’s a very big tree a whole 31 persons killed. I’m short of words,only God knows why,may they RIP.

  2. May god accept their sold.and god should bring a helper into each Of those victims family

  3. IT’S A PITY…HUMAN TRAGEDIES, CALAMITIES AND DISASTERS ARE JUST BEFALLEN ON IMO PEOPLE WITHIN THIS MAY PERIOD. IMOLITES AND NIGERIANS NEED TO PRAY HARDER FOR GOD’S INTERVENTION AND MITIGATION OF SUCH ADVERSE EFFECTS.

  4. Dis is so sad! But it cud hv bn preventd. If trees such huge r allowd wher ppl liv&do their biz, dis is d only thing dat could hapn. I recall in my village wen a branch of one mighty tree (&they’r alwz @a market) once fell. It wz a miracl cos no lyf wz lost. But propatis wer damagd. &so we learnt our lesson & cut dwn dat tree as wel as odas lyk it b4 d worse hapnd. Many villages, in d name of tradition, stil liv those trees(which r normally shrines). They shd 4sake such ways &cut dem dwn, or dis kind of thing wud cntnue 2 hapn.

  5. my good people of umudagu mbieri , we have to take hart, God knows the best , may all their soul rest in peace ,.

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