Nigerian rescuers work to reach survivors after building collapses

2015-10-22 07:26


Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Lagos - Rescue teams worked overnight on Wednesday in Lagos to reach people trapped under the rubble of a three-storey building that collapsed earlier in the day.

An unknown number of residents were in the building on Lagos Island when it collapsed shortly after 09:00, said Okone Macauly, assistant director of the city's Federal Fire Service.

"Initially we rescued four people from the building who were slightly injured," he said.

"The cause of the collapse hasn't been ascertained, but the building was weak."

The four injured were taken to Lagos Island General Hospital, said the head of the Lagos State Emergency Agency (Lasema), Micheal Akindele.

"We cannot say if people are trapped or not because we have not gotten to ground zero," he said.

Lasema manager Shola Aderigbebe told reporters at the scene that those trapped in the rubble could still be pulled out alive.

The building had been marked for a structural test and a 14-day ultimatum to vacate had been served on its residents, he said.

"The ultimatum to vacate expired before today," he said. "We were still waiting for the test before the building collapsed. In the last four months, we have sealed 1 104 building for lack of compliance. Some are illegal structures, while some are distressed."

In September 2014, 116 people died after the collapse of a building attached to a Nigerian church, the Synagogue Church of All Nations.

Read more on:    nigeria  |  west africa  |  building collapse

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.