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50 Children Rescued As 3-Storey Building Collapses In Lagos

Many children are feared dead as at least 50 had been rescued  from the rubbles of a three-storey building which collapsed in the Itafaji area of Lagos Island.

Emergency rescue agencies such as the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), as well as security personnel were at the scene of the incident.

The police, army and National Security and Civil Defence Force, NSCDC, were also making contributions with rescue operations.

The number of casualties  was yet to be determined at press time.

The building, situated at Massey Street at the Adeniji Adele area of Lagos Island caved in at about 9:45 am on Wednesday.

Speaking   on the development, Adebayo Kehinde of the LASEMA Public Affairs Unit, said, “The incident occurred at about 10.30 am today regarding a three-storyed building that collapsed at the above address.

“The search and rescue operation is presently ongoing with so many victims rescued alive from the collapsed building through combined efforts of LASEMA and other emergency responders such as the Lagos State Ambulance Service, Lagos State Fire Service, Lagos State Building Control Agency, Federal Fire Service. Others include National Emergency Management Agency, Nigeria Police Force, Rapid Response Squad, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps. Nigeria Red Cross Society, Lagos State Neighborhood and Safety Corps.

Lagos state Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode  arrived the scene of the accident the Governor, a briefing he got from the head of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, that 25 bodies have been rescued so far. ”I’ve been briefed that the building is a residential building accommodating an illegal school on the second floor.

“The rescue team are fully in charge and they will continue with the rescue operation. But I appeal to people to give the rescue workers a chance to save more lives.”

He, however, said the state government will carry out an integrity test on buildings around the area and demolish and any that fails the test.

“This area and building here will be undergoing an integrity test. As you can see some of the buildings have been marked for demolition. We have been receiving pleas from house owners from the area. Notwithstanding, we will go ahead with the integrity test and any building that fails the integrity test will be demolished.

“The deputy governor is at the hospital to take care of those who have been rescued and are at the hospital. The hospital bills will be taken care of by the state government,” Ambode said

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