Synagogue Building Collapse: Death Toll Now 115 – South African Minister
While the Nigerian government are still struggling to confirm the number of casualties from the collapsed building of the Synagogue Church of All Nations in Lagos, a south African minister, Jeff Radebe, said on Monday that the death toll has risen to 115, 84 of which he said are South Africans.
Radebe said; “We understand from our assessment team that the total number of people who have perished is now 115, but those are not all South Africans,” said Jeff Radebe, the minister in charge of Pretoria’s response to the disaster.
The casualties include 84 South Africans, said Radebe, speaking after around two dozen injured survivors were repatriated home.
The minister said the figure of 26 said to be injured was revised back to arrive at 25, because one refused to board the medical evacuation plane in Lagos and chosen to return to the church which crumbled in Lagos on September 12.
The plan was to bring back all the 26, but “there were only 25 who actually boarded the aircraft because one returned to the synagogue yesterday,” said Radebe.
The 26 survived after being trapped under rubble when a guesthouse attached to the church run by a prominent Nigerian preacher TB Joshua collapsed more than a week ago.
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