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Tragedy in Edo Market: Fallen Trees Claim Four Lives, Injure Others

Four people were k!lled after trees fell on them in the popular Jattu market in Etsako West Local Government Area of Edo State,

Many others, including traders and shoppers, sustained various degrees of injuries in the incident which happened following a downpour on Monday morning, July 8, 2024.

The chairman of the Local Government, Marvellous Zibiri, confirmed the incident while speaking to journalists at the market.

“Between 8 am and 9 am on Monday, I got a call from my vice chairman and the Supervisory Councilor for Environment about the incident that happened at the Jattu Market,” he said.

“During the rainfall, four trees in the market fell at the same time while people took cover under the trees, thereby killing four persons and injuring many others

“So far, we have been able to recover four bodies, and we have taken them to the mortuary while those who sustained injuries are at the hospital responding to treatment.”

The chairman added that a rescue operation was ongoing at the scene as the trees were being cut into pieces to confirm if there were other bodies under them.

Zibiri described the incident as a tragedy and sympathised with families who lost their loved ones, appealing to residents of the local government to stay indoors whenever it rained.

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