Many people are trapped and injured after a two-story building collapses in Calabar.

Several people were trapped and many others were critically injured when a two-story building collapsed in Calabar on Saturday afternoon.

Those who were rescued have been airlifted to medical facilities in Calabar.

The state government has blamed the building's collapse on substandard building materials and negligence on the part of the builders.

A statement issued by the state commissioner for Information and Orientation, Eric Anderson said the state governor, Professor Ben Ayade has “directed the immediate deployment of relevant Ministries and Agencies officials to coordinate rescue efforts as well as provide medical support to the injured and security in and around the vicinity of the collapse 2-storey building.

“Preliminary investigations into the incident indicate that the cause of the building collapse is not unconnected to negligence and use of sub-standard building materials which had earlier attracted the attention of the State Ministry of Urban Renewal to issue the Builder an advisory “Stop Work Notice”.

The commissioner indicated that the builders had ignored all expert cautions and notices regarding the defective building materials.

The government commended early intervention by a member-elect for Calabar Municipality, Stanley Nsemo for providing the excavator and emergency relief materials as well as collaborating with the Ministry of Health to ensure that ambulances were on ground to convey affected persons to the hospital.

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