INTERNATIONAL: Over 160 dead in Nigerian church collapse

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INTERNATIONAL: Over 160 dead in Nigerian church collapse
People are seen behind the fence of the collapsed Reigners Bible Church in Uyo, Nigeria December 11, 2016. REUTERS/Stringer EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NO RESALE. NO ARCHIVE - RTX2UJGH
People are seen behind the fence of the collapsed Reigners Bible Church in Uyo, Nigeria December 11, 2016. REUTERS/Stringer EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NO RESALE. NO ARCHIVE - RTX2UJGH
People are seen behind the fence of the collapsed Reigners Bible Church in Uyo, Nigeria December 11, 2016. REUTERS

CBS NEWS – Mortuaries overflowed with bodies Sunday from a church collapse in southern Nigeria that killed at least 160 people, and worshippers said construction of the building had been rushed.

Hundreds had been inside the Reigners Bible Church International in the city of Uyo on Saturday for the consecration of founder Akan Weeks as its bishop when the metal girders fell and the corrugated iron roof caved in.

Screaming survivors streamed out amid cries from the injured inside.

“There were trapped bodies, parts of bodies, blood all over the place and people’s handbags and shoes scattered,” said computer analyst Ukeme Eyibio.

Officials feared the death toll could rise.

Weeks and Akwa Ibom state Gov. Udom Emmanuel were among the survivors.

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