Synagogue Church Building Collapse Death Toll Hits 80 – NEMA
The casualty figure in the Synagogue Church of All Nations, SCOAN building collapse has continued to rise six days after the 6-storey structure caved.
The death toll rose to 80 on Wednesday with the recovery of additional 17 victims comprising 12 women and five men, with the number of survivors still 131.
This is even as the the church was yet to produce names of lodgers in the building.
Fielding questions from newsmen on the contradiction in the number of death between rescue operators and President Jacob Zuma of South Africa, the South West spokesperson for the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA Ibrahim Farinloye, maintained that as at Tuesday, when Zuma came up with his figure, the death toll was 63.
Farinloye said, “I don’t know where President Zuma got his information from. He is not on ground here but we are. So, we presume he is operating based on information made available to him. We are working on what we got based on operation. As I speak, we have record of 80 persons dead and 131 rescued alive. The figure rose to 80 because we recovered two bodies by 11pm on Tuesday and another two at about 3am today (Wednesday) and the rest between 10am and 4pm. We will continue working until we get to the last level of excavation because it is possible that more bodies are still trapped underneath the rubble.
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