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Dozens unaccounted for in 20-storey building collapse in Lagos

Rescue crews in Ikoyi, Lagos began the daunting task of searching through tons of rubble for victims and anyone who may have survived the collapse.

20-storey building collapse in Lagos

 

 

Rescue crews in Ikoyi, Lagos began the daunting task of searching through tons of rubble for victims and anyone who may have survived the collapse.

A 21-floor skyscraper still under construction in lkoyi, Lagos, on Monday crumbled, trapping workers and the owner.
The building located on Gerard Road by Musliu junction in the highbrow area of Ikoyi collapsed about 2.10pm, reports Persecondnews.
The collapsed structure is among jungle of skyscrapers in the area filled with opulent homes and luxury four-star hotels.
Two hours after the building came down, rescue workers and emergency responders were yet to appear at the scene.
A dead body was brought out from rubbles as high as a two-storey building by artisans working at a nearby construction site, who said about 50 people were already trapped or feared dead.

Commenting on the tragic incident, spokesman for the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), Nosa Okunbo, said: “We are on top of the situation. A 25-storey building collapsed by Musliu Junction, Ikoyi, Lagos ”

The Director-General of LASEMA, Dr Olufemi Oke-Osanyintolu, announced that heavy-duty equipment and life detection equipment have been deployed to the scene.

“All first responders are en route to secure the scene while the heavy-duty equipment and life detection equipment have been dispatched,” he said.

 

 

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