Four dead, one rescued from collapsed building in Lagos

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The National Emergency Management Agency said on Friday four people died while one was rescued from the collapsed building at Oye Sonuga Street, Palm Avenue, Mushin, Lagos.

The Nigeria News Agency reported that NEMA Southwest Zone Coordinator Mr. Ibrahim Farinloye spoke in a telephone interview. He said two men and two women died, while one person was rescued from the building collapse.

Earlier, the Lagos State government also said it would investigate the cause of the collapse. The Commissioner for Land Use Planning and Urban Development, Mr Omotayo Bamgbose-Martins, made the revelation in a statement obtained by NOPE.

During a site visit to the three-story building, believed to be around 40 years old, he ordered it to be demolished immediately for safety reasons and to prevent further collapse. He ordered the Lagos State Building Control Agency and the Lagos State Materials Testing Laboratory to find out the cause of the collapse.

Residents of the collapsed building also attempted to salvage their belongings after its remaining parts were demolished.

The collapsed building was also observed to affect some parts of the neighboring building.

Some residents, interviewed by one of our correspondents, said that the building showed signs of distress.

An occupant of the building identified only as Baba Wale said, “Yes, the house was weak. The collapsed building is where I live. I was able to get out unscathed. »

Another resident who spoke on condition of anonymity said he rushed home after receiving a call about the incident and was trying to salvage some of his belongings.

A middle-aged man in the building next door identified only as Papa Tola said: “The first building collapsed and it affected the other three-storey building next door. Sometimes a house gives signs before it collapses. Each of us tries to get our stuff out because we were told it would be torn down.

An eyewitness, Mr Oyeniran Ayo, said he heard the sound of the collapse as he moved down the street.

Ten buildings have collapsed in Lagos State this year.

On September 4, a seven-storey building under construction in Oba Idowu Street, Victoria Island, collapsed and two people were killed. Over the past two years, 84 people have died in 18 building collapses across the state. A US non-profit organization, Brookings Institution, said that between 2000 and 2021, Lagos had 167 reported cases of building collapses.

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