9 persons rescued from collapsed building, as death toll rises to 10


Nine persons have so far been rescued from the collapsed 21-storey building in Lagos.

The death toll has also risen to 10 after rescue efforts continued throughout the night.

The building, located in the Ikoyi area of Lagos state, collapsed on Monday afternoon.

Following the accident, the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) had activated an emergency response plan to deal with the situation, and rescue efforts are currently ongoing at the site.

Meanwhile, the Deputy Governor of Lagos,  Obafemi Hamzat, who visited the site amid tight security, explained that the premise of the collapsed building has been sealed by the government agency in charge of testing, for more investigation into the integrity of the structure.

The Deputy Governor also revealed that the building which collapsed in the Ikoyi area of the state on Monday had been sealed for four months.

He also stated that two more survivors have been rescued while the remains of 10 people have recovered from the rubble of the collapsed building.

He said the two survivors who were rescued and currently being treated at a hospital gave conflicting figures concerning the people who were inside the building before the collapse.

According to him, “This is now a search and rescue operation and our mission is to get people out of here. This morning we took out two people and they are doing well in the hospital. Totally we’ve taken nine people out and they are in the hospital and some have been discharged and we’ve sadly taken out 10 dead bodies

“The operation as you can see is going on and we will not leave until we are able to account for everybody. We are responsible for the people of the state, our focus is on saving lives.

Hamzat disclosed that the collapsed building was approved for 21 floors three years ago not 15 floors, adding that it is the construction that failed.

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