Lagos Building Collapse: LASEMA Says Over 40 Victims Rescued

The General Manager of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, LASEMA, Mr. Adesina Tiamiyu, has said more than 40 people have surviced yesterday’s collapse building in Lagos.

Briefing newsmen at the site of the disaster, Mr. Tiamiyu disputed the rumours that the collapsed building housed over one hundred pupils.

According to him, that could not have been true,noting that he has official record and would release it soon.

On recurrence of similar incidents in the state , Mr. Tiamiyu said his agency cannot pull down people’s houses that are designated weak but would work with  agencies in charge if they come up with certified reports of such buildings.Concerning the number of casualties so far, Mr. Tiamiyu said though there are many casualties recorded since yesterday with one more body recovered from the debris at 3 am this morning, he would not want to put a figure on the total number until he hears from the state ministry of health which is in charge of the hospitals.

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Death Toll Increases In Lagos Collapsed Building

The number of deaths from the Tuesday’s collapsed building in Lagos has increased to six, Alhaji Ibrahim Farinloye, the South-West spokesman for the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), has said.

Farinloye said on Wednesday that so far, 15 people had so far been rescued. He said that the incident happened at Tokunbo, off Odunfa Road, Carrena/Martins Street, Lagos Island.

According to him, another 11-year-old boy was pulled out of the debris alive at about 4.00 a.m on Wednesday. He said that an 11-year-old boy, who had his two legs chopped off, was also rescued alive on Tuesday.

The spokesman told NAN that the rescue team comprising Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) Response Unit, the police, Lagos State Ambulance Service and the Lagos State Fire Service were still working at the scene.

Also, Mr Adesina Tiamiyu, the LASEMA General Manager, also said that the rescue operation was ongoing. Tiamiyu said that erection of a telecommunication mast very close to the building contributed to the collapse.

“Heavy duty equipment is searching through the rubbles,” Tiamiyu said. He said that the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps and Red Cross were also involved in the rescue operation.

NAN reports that a woman and her daughter died on Saturday when a building collapsed at Abule-Egba, a Lagos suburb.

The LASEMA spokesman, Mr Adebayo Kehinde, said that a five-year-old girl was rescued alive from the Saturday’s incident and was immediately taken to the General Hospital, Ikeja, by the State Ambulance Service.

He said that the building collapsed at No. 7, Saidu Okeleji St., off Alaro Street, Meiran in Abule-Egba on Lagos-Sango-Abeokuta Expressway.

(NAN)

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