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Death toll rises in Lagos building collapse



Collapsed building

…Building collapse rate now embarrassing — Buhari

DEATH toll in the collapsed building at 24, Ibadan Street (East), Off Muritala Mohammed Way, Ebute-Metta, Lagos, has risen to seven with 23 survivors out of the rubble.

  According to Director, Lagos State Fire and Rescue Service, Mrs Magaret Adeyeye, who spoke through her spokesman, Mr Shakiru   Amodu, five more bodies to the two earlier confirmed dead were recovered in the early hours on Monday, making seven persons recovered dead so far.

  Also, a total number of 23 persons, males and females, including children were rescued during the operation by men of the Lagos Fire and Rescue Service, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, LASEMA, Police, and other security operatives as well as emergency responders.

  The survivors have been taken to the hospital for treatment and check-ups.

  According to Adeyeye, it could not be ascertained as of press time if there were more trapped victims in the rubble as LASEMA men, being led by its Permanent Secretary, PS, Dr Oluwafemi Oke-Osanyintolu, were still removing the rubble to get to “ground zero.”

  Also, men of Lagos State Building Control Agency (LASBCA), Lagos State Ambulances Services (LASAMBUS) among others are still in the scene on search-and-rescue operations.

  It will be recalled that the building caved in yesterday night, trapping all the occupants.

  Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari has commiserated with families of those who died and sustained injuries in the building collapse.

  While noting that search and rescue were still ongoing at the site, President Buhari expressed pain over the incident, observing that the frequency of building collapses in the country has become embarrassing.

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