The National Emergency Management Authority (NEMA) said one person has died from a collapsed two-storey building in Ikorodu, Lagos State.
The incident occurred on Monday around 10 pm; two persons were rescued alive and taken to Ikorodu General Hospital for medical attention.
NEMA South West Spokesman, Mr Ibrahim Farinloye, told Newsmen on Tuesday that the two persons injured comprised of a male and a female.
The collapsed building was located at 97, Lagos road, Aruna area of Ikorodu.
He said: ‘Immediately the incident occurred, local residents within the area mobilised themselves to carry out initial rescue activities.’
‘Though, fire service and police responded, they were unable to do much due to unavailability of equipment to lift the rubble on the suspected location of the trapped victims.’
‘One body has been recovered. The emergency phase of search and rescue has ended with the evacuation of all debris to ground zero with no additional body recovered.’
‘So, far two rescued alive with injuries and one body recovered’.
The Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, LASEMA also deployed its Emergency Response Plan to the collapsed building.
The Agency’s Response Squad Tiger, Eagle and Lion immediately swung into action at the incident scene. An investigation carried out revealed that some part of a two storey dilapidated building collapsed from the back due to inadequate maintenance.
Risk assessment in collaboration with relevant stakeholders at the scene was conducted and residents were subsequently sensitized on the need to evacuate from the affected building.
Further, The affected building was cordoned off by the Agency’s Team while Rescue/Recovery operations is ongoing with the supervision of the DG/CEO LASEMA, Dr. Olufemi Damilola Oke-Osanyintolu.
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