In a distressing incident in Lagos State, a building comprising over 500 rooms at number 47/49 Oduntan Street, Kosofe Local Government Area, partially collapsed on a Sunday following heavy rainfall the previous day. The incident resulted in injuries to at least two individuals, who are currently receiving medical attention in an undisclosed hospital.
The National Emergency Management Agency’s (NEMA) South West Coordinator, Ibrahim Farinloye, confirmed the incident and reported that two people sustained partial injuries but were responding well to treatment. Additionally, the Permanent Secretary of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), Dr. Femi Oke-Osanyitolu, corroborated the information, stating that there were no recorded fatalities.
In light of the incident, authorities took immediate action to ensure the safety of residents in the affected building. The occupants were directed to vacate the premises under the supervision of a combined team comprising LASEMA, the Rapid Response Team (RRS), the Lagos State Building Control Agency (LABSCA), and the Lagos Neighborhood and Security Corps (LNSC). This evacuation was carried out to prevent further secondary incidents and ensure the safety of those residing nearby.
The building’s structural integrity was deemed compromised, and LABSCA officials confirmed this at the scene. To safeguard the public and adjoining structures, it was decided that the affected building would be demolished. As of the time of this report, response teams and paramedics from LASEMA, RRS, LABSCA, and LNSC were still present at the scene, working collectively to evacuate occupants and secure lives and property.
The building collapse in Lagos serves as a stark reminder of the importance of regular maintenance and structural assessments to ensure the safety of structures, especially in areas prone to heavy rainfall and other environmental factors. The rapid response and coordinated efforts of emergency agencies in this incident demonstrate the commitment to preserving lives and property in the face of such unfortunate events.
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