Archive | 08/07/2016

Update Nechells Accident: Appeal for Information on Ousmane Diaby’s Family in Senegal 

The Nechells recycling plant tragedy in Birmingham, UK, has taken five precious lives, however, hundreds of lives have been affected by the tragic accident. Earlier Gambia Voices spoke to one of the friend to the victims, Masamba Drammeh who expressed sorrow and sadness.

A Mr Masamba Drammeh, a friend and co-worker tto the Victims

Mr Drammeh said: “I am devastated beyond believe, nothing can express how I feel right now.” According to Mr Drammeh, he is registered in the same employment Agency with the victims but he was not given work yesterday  [Thursday] and that was why, he was not at the scene during the tragic accident.

“We work in the same Agency, but they [the Agency] did not text me to work yesterday [Thursday] so I didn’t go to work. I knew all the victims as they are my friends and co-workers,” Mr Drammeh lamented.

Mr Drammeh also appealed for information on one of the deceased Ousmane Diaby who is a Senegalese national from the southern Sénégal of Tambacounda, Cassamance. 

“It’s Alimamo Jammeh who knew Ousmane Diaby, and both of them are killed in the accident. So for now we know nobody who knows Mr Diaby’s family. We’re appealing if anyone knows Ousmane Diaby or a friend to get in touch so that we can inform the family in Cassamance” Mr Masamba Drammeh said.   

Anyone who has information about Mr Diaby’s family can contact the Editor of Gambia Voices at gambiavoices@gmail.com or call +447520608396 

Profile of the victims:

Mr Alimamo Jammeh was from Badibu No-Kunda, North Bank Region, Gambia,  who migrated to Spain and held a Spanish citizenship.

Mr Saibo Babuyagui Sillah was a native of  Garawol, Basse, Upper River Region. Mr sillah also held a Spanish citizenship. 

Mr Bangaly Dukureh was from Gambisara, Upper River Region, in Gambia. He also held a Spanish citizenship. 

Mr Mohammad Jagana was from Demba Kunda-Kuto, Upper River Region, Gambia. Mr Jagana also held a Spanish citizenship. 

Mr Ousmane Diaby is from is a Senegalese national from a village next to Tambacounda. Mr Sillah also held a Spanish citizenship, he was a close friend to one of the victims Alimamo Jammeh. 

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Nechells Tragic Accident Update: All Five Bodies Have Been Recovered Now, While People Continue to Donate For The Victims Families

One of the Five victims Babuyagui Sillah

The bodies of the remaining three people who died at Nechells recycling plant has been recovered according to the police. Detective Superintendent Mark Payne said: “All five bodies have been successfully recovered.

“They are in a temporary mortuary facility. We will move them to Coventry Hospital because there is specialist equipment that we use in postmortems.

“Forensic postmortems will take place on Monday.”

He said they will be working with the families to formalise the identities in the days ahead. “It’s a complicated process.”

Det Supt Payne added all the next of kin had been informed. Continue reading

Update on Nechells Recycling Accident: Work Resumes to Recover the Remaining Three Bodies still buried in Debris 

Men working to recover the bodies

Work has resumed at the Nechells  recycling plant in Birmingham to recover the remaining three bodies  left over night. Emergency services spending a second day at disaster scene that claimed five lives all believed to be Spanish Nationals of Gambian origin.

The men have not been officially name but were named locally as  Saibo Sillah, 42, Alimamo Jammeh, Ousman Jabbie, Bangaly Dukureh and Mohammed Jagana.

The UK Prime Minister David Cameron has send his condolences to the families of the deceased @Number10gov‬ PM: Shocked to hear about the tragedy in Birmingham. My thoughts are with the families of those involved.

UK Prime Minister David Cameron

Investigation ‘could take weeks’

According to the Det Supt Mark Payne, of West Midlands Police, a joint Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and police investigation was being carried out to establish the cause but warned the process could take weeks to complete.

“It’s a difficult and complex process, we’ve had to move a huge amount of metal and concrete in order to access some of the deceased men. That process is still ongoing,” according to Det Supt Mark Payne.  Continue reading