34 dead as rescue operation ends in Lagos 5-storey building collapse (Photo)
Rescue operations by officials has ended today at the five-storey building under construction which collapsed at Kushenla Road, Ikate Elegushi in the Lekki area of Lagos state as death toll hits new heights.
Four more bodies have been recovered from the rubbles of the five-storey building that collapsed in Lekki area of Lagos as rescue operations ended late on Wednesday. The bodies recovered took the death toll from 30 to 34 with 13 persons rescued alive.
The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) said in a statement in Lagos on Thursday that 34 died and 13 rescued alive as operation reached ground level by 7.20 p.m. on Wednesday.
The Public Relations Officer of NEMA, Ibrahim Farinloye, said in the statement that the various federal and state agencies had immediately started investigations on the cause of the building collapse.
The five-storey building which was under construction, at Chisco Bus Stop near Oando Filling Station, Lekki Phase 11, collapsed early in the morning on March 8.
“The operation to rescue those trapped in the collapsed structure, belonging to Lekki Gardens started at about 4 a.m. on March 8 and ended by 7.20 p.m on March 9. Those rescued alive are receiving treatment in various hospitals in Lagos metropolis,” NEMA said.
It disclosed that all the security agencies and the Lagos State Fire Service and Red Cross were at the rescue site.