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5 Dead, 6 Rescued As 5-Storey Building Collapsed in Lekki


By Ayo Balogun, Lagos

Five people have been confirmed dead and six others rescued as a 5-storey building collapsed in Lekki area of Lagos, Nigeria at the early hours of Tuesday.

The collapsed building might not be unconnected with the heavy rainfall that lasted for hours at the early hours of Tuesday.

The building collapsed at the Lekki Garden Estate Horizon, Ikate Elegunshi at around 6.am when the heavy downpour was still on.

Many people are believed to still be trapped in the debris of the collapse as rescue operation continues.

Rescue operators include officers of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, LASEMA, Lagos State Fire Services, Lagos State Ambulance Service, LASAMBUS, Rapid Response Squad, RRS, Civil Defence, National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, Navy and the Nigeria police.

General Manager, LASEMA, Michael Akindele confirmed that five dead bodies had been brought out of the ruins of the collapse.

His words: “The building is 5-storey structure under construction, so far, six victims have been rescued alive, while we have retrieved five bodies, rescue operations still in progress. All responders are on ground.

“We have on site LASEMA, Lagos State Fire Services, LASAMBUS, RRS, Civil Defence, Navy and the Nigeria Police.”


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