Death toll rises in Lagos building collapse

Another body was recovered from the rubble after a building under construction collapsed on Saturday in Yaba, Lagos, on National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) said.

This is the second such incident in Lagos in three months, with another in November 2021 resulting in the deaths of at least 40 people.

The recovered body, found by rescuers around 1 a.m., brought the death toll to four. Three bodies were removed on Saturday.

At least five workers are still trapped under rubble from the latest incident while two people have been rescued, NEMA added.

The incident happened around 3 p.m. Saturday.

“The building was reportedly showing signs on Thursday and when one of the neighbors brought it to their attention, they scolded him,” said Ibrahim Farinloye, acting area coordinator for NEMA Southwest.

Mr Farinloye added that traffic jams prevented the mobilization of heavy equipment to the accident site.

Olufemi Oke-Osanyintolu, chief executive of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), said state emergency responders were “on the ground” at the site of the incident. .

“Recovery operation underway for other victims,” he added.

In a similar event in November, at least 40 people died when a skyscraper under construction collapsed in the Ikoyi area of ​​the state.

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