Woman, 72, oth­ers res­cued from col­lapsed build­ing

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Eu­gene Agha, Lagos

A72 year-old woman and a 15 year-old boy were among five per­sons pulled out of the rub­ble of a three­storey build­ing that col­lapsed at the Adeniji Adele area of Lagos Is­land yes­ter­day.

They were brought out of the rub­ble at about 1.00 p.m. af­ter the build­ing col­lapsed at about 9.30 a.m. The other three were res­cued ear­lier.

All five per­sons were taken to the emer­gency unit of the Lagos Is­land Gen­eral Hospi­tal by emer­gency work­ers from the Na­tional Emer­gency Man­age­ment Agency (NEMA) and the Lagos State Emer­gency Man­age­ment Agency drafted to the scene.

Ef­forts to res­cue other vic­tims were on at press time yes­ter­day, with the po­lice pro­vid­ing se­cu­rity for the res­cue work­ers.

Daily Trust gath­ered that the build­ing at No. 5, Swamp Street, off Odunfa Street by Adeniji Adele Road, came down af­ter giv­ing signs of weak­ness.

Ab­dul­la­teef Olatunji, an oc­cu­pant of the house, told Daily Trust that he no­ticed that the build­ing was about to col­lapse and raised an alarm which alerted oc­cu­pants.

He said more peo­ple would have been trapped, es­pe­cially on the ground floor, if the alarm had not come.

NEMA South west re­gion spokesman, Ibrahim Farin­loye, said four per­sons were res­cued while no death was recorded at press time, but that search for other trapped vic­tims con­tin­ued.

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