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Four-storey building collapses in Lagos | 16 Persons rescued alive

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Four-storey building collapses in Lagos | 16 Persons rescued alive

Collapsed Lagos Island building | Photo Credit: The Nation

A four-storey building located at No. 3 Massey Street Lagos Island has collapsed.

According to Daily Trust, the building, it was learnt, came down at about 2:43 pm and many occupants are still trapped in the rubble.

The Nation reports that 16 persons have been rescued alive and several others are still trapped.

Officers of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), Lagos State Ambulance Service (LASAMBUS), Lagos State Fire Service, Civil Defence, are, as of the time of filing this report, carrying out rescue operation.

While the fatality rate remains unknown, Daily Trust reports that one dead body has been recovered.

The Nation reports that one woman, identified as Iya Ibeji and her four kids are believed to be trapped under the debris.

A food vendor, who stepped out of her shop minutes before the collapse escaped, but her employees and customers were trapped.

Although operatives of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) got to the scene early, the crowd prevented them from carrying out their duty. The crowd also threatened to deal with journalists recording the incident, The Nation reports.

Speaking to journalists, LASEMA’s General Manager, Adesina Tiamiyu said: “Honestly, it will be inappropriate for me to grant any interview now because people are trapped under the rubble. Besides, I can’t give you any statistics yet. I know that over 10 persons have been rescued.”

“You can see how tense the environment is. The people are not cooperating and I wouldn’t want to add more tension by upsetting them. I will grant interviews when we are sure no one is trapped underneath the debris,” Tiamiyu added.

Residents told The Nation that a telecommunication mast was erected on the building two weeks ago, adding that the building was structurally defective.

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Photo Credit: The Nation

6 Comments

  1. Ephi

    July 25, 2017 at 9:34 pm

    Buildings collapse in Lagos now almost on a monthly basis, I can’t count the number we’ve had this year alone. What exactly are the authorities doing about this? When will building standards and regulations actually be enforced? So sad. I pray the remaining people trapped inside are rescued.

    • TheRealist

      July 25, 2017 at 9:55 pm

      @Ephi, have you ever tried enforcing any regulations in Lagos? It is the same folks whose health and safety you are trying to safeguard that we stone you, while being applauded by the chattering class. This is a city where folks will drive against oncoming traffic and when apprehended, passerby will turn on the traffic cop. Lord save us all!

    • Ephi

      July 26, 2017 at 10:46 am

      @TheRealist
      You are being realistic, lol. I know what you mean but the fact that a job is tough doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be done. We have to save ourselves.

  2. AV

    July 26, 2017 at 9:33 am

    May God bring HELP to the trapped!
    @TheRealist – True talk but the Authorities must persevere. NO EXCUSES where loss of human lives can be averted.

  3. GANNY OGUNSHAKIN

    July 27, 2017 at 6:04 am

    This is very close to home for me. I wish all the injured a speedy recovery. And to the family and the loved ones of the deseased. May the Almighty God grant them eternal rest. Amen.

  4. GANNY OGUNSHAKIN

    July 27, 2017 at 6:12 am

    This is very close to home for me. I wish all those who sustained various injuries a speedy recovery. May the Almighty God grant ethereal rest to the deseased. Amen.

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