Three bodies have so far been recovered from the rubble of a collapsed building along Makerere Hill road near Makerere University in Wandegeya. The building collapsed this afternoon. Seven other people have so far been rescued by the Uganda Red Cross and Police Fire Brigade. The survivors have been rushed to Mulago hospital for treatment.
The rescue mission is currently still ongoing. The three-storied building near Ham Towers in Makerere housed Singh Motor Garage, a restaurant and a pharmacy among other businesses. A number of vehicles were also damaged and are now being towed to Wandegeya Police station.
Eye witnesses narrate experiencing tremors at the time of the tragedy. Another eye witness said that part of the building had developed cracks and engineers had already warned against its continued habitation. However, the warning was ignored.
Moments ago, Police used tear gas to disperse angry residents who believe that their relatives are still trapped in the building. The residents wanted to take charge of the rescue operation saying the continued delays were reducing the chances of finding people alive.