Lagos Building Collapse: Rescue Operations End – Official

Pic.13. A man being rescued from the scene of a building, which collapsed at Itafaji on the Lagos Island on Wednesday (13/3/19). 02152/13/3/2019Kayode Oladapo/JAU/BJO/NAN


The Lagos State Government says rescue operations following the building collapse in the Ita Faji area of the state, have been concluded.

The government said this via its Twitter handle on Thursday, after emergency officials said they had reached ‘ground zero’ on the site, meaning that all the rubbles had been excavated and there was no evidence that anyone was still trapped.

This was disclosed after the state Head of Service, Mr Hakeem-Muri Okunola, visited the scene of the incident in the early hours of Thursday for an on the spot assessment.

He also visited the hospitals where the rescued persons are receiving treatment.

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According to the government, the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) and other relevant stakeholders including the Ministry of Health are now intensifying efforts to save the lives of the rescued victims.

At least 24 victims, mostly children, have so far been rescued from the rubbles of the three-story building which caved in on Wednesday.

The children were mostly pupils of a primary school located on the top floor of the building.

Although nine persons had been confirmed dead as at Wedenesday, the government says it is yet to have any authentic figures of the number of casualties.

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