Yaounde-Cameroon:Tragedy strikes as collapsed buiding kills man and seriously injuring son

A building has collapsed in the Nkoabang neibourhood in Yaounde killing a man and seriously injuring his 16 year old son.

Captain Njapa Roger an officer of Fire Fighting unit at Nlongkak in Yaounde was pull out of the his collapsed building in a pool of blood alongside his son with whom his working.

The family of the deceased will forever live to remember this dark Saturday 24th September 2016 when the cold hands of dead snatched him away and put his son Oumeni Njapa Frankie Loic in a critical situation.

The incident occurred around 10 a.m when a slab of his building collapsed on him and his two children as they were trying to pullout dry planks from it.


One of the children who survived and sustained minor injuries, Mopi Maeva recounts that her father pulled the last plank with force and it caused everything crumble.

She said, “My father, brother and I were up on the slab removing dry planks from it. The last one was a bit difficult to remove so my father exercised pressure on it that is how it fell on him and my brother. I was at the extreme end of the slab that is why I’m not really hurt. I feel pains only around my knee joints”

The elder sister Njapa Rosine says she heard the collapse of the building from inside their nearby house “I went into the house to get my phone when I heard a loud noise outside. When I rushed out to see what was happening, I discovered that the building had collapsed on my father and brother. My little sister was at the other end, so she was not seriously injured.

We shouted and called rescue and when they came they tried removing my little brother first who was still shaking but very tired. When they removed my father there was blood puffing all over him but he was still alive, so they took him to the Yaounde General Hospital because he was bleeding too much.

When my mother arrived the hospital, they announced to her that my father is dead. My kid brother is presently at the Nlongkak Fire Fighters health unit in the reanimation ward”.

The widow who was not in the house at the moment of the incident and other family members are inconsolable, all they have left is their dirge and tears to express the depth of their pain.

Captain Njapa Roger and family had just moved into the house which was still under construction. He leaves behind a widow and four children to mourn him.


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