Five construction workers die, over 100 others hurt after steel bunkhouse collapses

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  • Five construction workers were pinned to death when the steel bunkhouse where they were staying collapsed
  • More than 100 others were hurt in the incident
  • The bunkhouse is the central temporary facility of Abraham Lee Construction and Development

Five construction workers were killed and more than 100 others were injured when a four-storey bunkhouse of a construction firm collapsed in Cebu City.

According to Manila Times, about 200 persons were sleeping inside the bunkhouse made of scaffolding materials when it collapsed at around 3 a.m. on Tuesday, March 6.

Cebu City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office (CCDRRMO), Cebu City Fire Department and Emergency Response Unit Foundation were the first to respond to the incident.

Quoting residents near the construction site, CCDRRMO Chief Nagiel Bañacia said that for more than two years now, the bunkhouse was the central temporary facility of Abraham Lee Construction and Development that is constructing five high-rise buildings in the city.

Bañacia said it’s possible that there are still workers pinned under the collapsed structure.

The Department of Labor and Employment regional office is looking into the possible liability of the construction firm, while Cebu City Mayor Tomas Osmeña promised to help the victims.

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