3 dead, 19 rescued in Lagos collapsed building

Rescue workers at the collapsed building

He confirmed that a small church which was close to the collapsed building was not affected, but the building had to be pulled down, to enable the rescue operators to have access to the affected building.

One person thursday died and 17 others were rescued alive when a three-storey building undergoing construction caved in and collapsed at No 2/4, Richard Abimbola Street, off Limca Road, Ire Akari Estate, Ilasa area of Lagos.

Ibrahim Farinloye, NEMA Spokesman in the south west region confirmed the three dead bodies and the rescue of 19 person alive. They also pointed that construction workers made use of substandard materials in building the house.

NAIJ.com's visit to the scene of incident revealed that unknown number of labourers were doing their various works at different areas.

The Lagos State Ambulance Service (LASAMBUS) is treating some of the victims, while others have been taken to the hospital.

"Further investigation revealed that the building collapsed at around 2p.m".

NAN reports that officials of the Nigeria Police Force, the Red Cross, NEMA, the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) and the Lagos State Building Control Agency (LASBCA), all declined to speak on the operation.

The building was under construction when it collapsed on Thursday around 2:30pm. "Extraction of trapped victims is ongoing and no mortality recorded at the moment".

"Painfully, bodies of 3 workers were recovered from the building and were all taken to Lagos Mainland Mortuary Yaba".

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