No fewer than 30 persons watching the Europa League football match between Manchester United and Anderlecht died at Nyahasang, Atimbo, Calabar, Cross River State, last night.
A survivor said that a transformer near the viewing centre exploded during the match and this caused a high-tension cable to drop on the viewing centre. The survivor said:
“I heard a deafening bang. I rushed out to see what was happening.
When I turned back to go inside the viewing centre, I saw a cable coming down on the centre and this electrocuted the viewers in the hall. “It was a horrible sight to behold. I wish I didn’t come out to watch the match.
Come to think of it, I have DStv at home but I enjoy watching matches at viewing centres. I could have been dead. I can’t believe that the people I was chatting and joking with a few minutes ago are all gone in a most anguishing way. This world is vain.”
A resident said more than 80 persons were in the hall when the cable came down. The resident said,
“The whole thing happened within a minute or two. It happened about 9:48pm. Those that died have been taken to the mortuary. A few that survived have been taken to hospitals.”