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Tragedy as 8 persons drown in underground tank in Enugu

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The entire Igogoro, Enugu-Ezike community in Igboeze North Local Government Area of Enugu State were thrown into mourning Monday evening when 8 youths were drowned in an underground water tank.Reports has it that the first victim fell into the well, then the second person tried to rescue him and fell  into the also.It reportedly continued until the eight person was drowned.
The last of the victims was said to have died on the way to the hospital while others died instantly .
Cause of death was not clear as at the time of this report but there are speculations that it may have been out of ignorance as the victims tried to suck water out of the well by using a pumping machine.
Eye witness account says “the machine was started and lowered into the pit, so the fumes were all trapped inside the well/tank. The operator entered the well and collapsed, maybe as a result of the fumes ( carbon monoxide). Others were entering to help rescue  but got trapped in fumes. This is exactly how carbon monoxide operates.”
Six of the eight victims were reported to be indigenes of Amachalla community that share common boundary with Igogoro village.
Pained by the incident an indigene Theo Ray said, “Honestly,  I don’t understand. This is arguably the highest tragedy ever in my village. I am very sad. I hate people falling sick not to talk of dying in so cheap way. We can’t let it go, Biko nu journalists, security agents, scholars and spiritual men or men of God should voluntarily help us find out where we got it wrong and where we need caution and to make amend”.
The police in Enugu, however, said the information was yet to reach his office, assuring that he would give details of what happened in the said community after investigation.
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