Friday, 21 April 2017
Manchester United vs Anderlecht Tragedy: 50 dead as high tension wire falls on football viewers in Calabar, Nigeria last night
A High tension electric Pole/Cable fell on hundreds of fans watching a football match between (MANCHESTER UTD vs ANDERLECHT FC) at Nyangasang,in Atimbo Area, Calabar, Cross Rivers State last night.
So far about 50 have been confirmed dead. The building was built under a high tension wire.
A survivor told one of our correspondents that a transformer near the viewing centre located in the Iyang-Esu area of the Calabar Municipal Local Government Area exploded during the match and this caused a high-tension cable to drop on the viewing centre.
The survivor said amid sobs, “It happened during the match between Manchester United and Anderlecht. I heard a deafening bang. I rushed out to see what was happening. When I turned back to go inside the viewing centre, I saw a cable coming down on the centre and this electrocuted the viewers in the hall.
“It was a horrible sight to behold. I wish I didn’t come out to watch the match. Come to think of it, I have DStv at home but I enjoy watching matches at viewing centres. I could have been dead. I can’t believe that the people I was chatting and joking with a few minutes ago are all gone in a most anguishing way. This world is vain.”
A resident, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said more than eighty persons were in the hall when the cable came down.
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