Photos: Five people killed during Bible study as church collapses

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A church Bible study reportedly came to an abrupt end last weekend in Zambia after the worship center building collapsed on worshipers.

Naija News learned that as many as five people died in the collapse of the Seventh-day Adventist Church -SDA- building in Bethsaida.

The church in the village of Luyeye in Kasama reportedly collapsed following heavy rains.

Worshipers were focused on teaching on Saturday afternoon, Jan.8, 2022, when the incident occurred, according to reports.

An unconfirmed number of worshipers reportedly suffered serious injuries and were admitted to Kasama General Hospital.

The remains of those who died in the incident were laid to rest in Chiba cemetery on Tuesday, January 11. Naija News understand.

Confirming the incident, the Kasama District Commissioner, Elisabeth goma, said three people, including an infant, died instantly, while two adults died in hospital last night.

For his part, the district commissioner reportedly told reporters that 47 houses in the same area had been destroyed by the rains.

In addition, Northern Province Minister Leonard Mbao, who visited the scene, said it is disheartening to lose lives in such a way, especially since it is only ‘a week since the rains have started in the region.

He challenged the relevant authorities to ensure that they inspect and certify all buildings so that they are habitable and to prevent further loss of life.

According to Mbao, his office will soon hire churches and other stakeholders for a meeting to discuss the issues.

The main firefighter of the Kasama Fire Department, Hosea Mbao, attributed the collapse of the church building to the use of poor quality building materials.

He added that after re-appraising the building it was clear that the construction material used was not effective.

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