Tragedy struck yesterday in Lagos State yesterday when a building in Victoria Island collapsed leaving no less than 3 people dead and 15 others with varying degrees of injury.
The five storey shopping complex located at 9,Â Muri Okunola Street, was still being constructed when it collapsed unexpectedly.
According to reports, others might still be trapped under the rubble as we write. We hope they are found soon.
This is howÂ Vanguard NewspaperÂ reports it:
At 8:30p.m., when Vanguard visited the scene, it was gathered that scores of persons might still be trapped under the debris.
At the scene, officials of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, LASEMA, Red Cross and men of the Nigeria Police Force, NPF, attached to the Maroko Station, Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC, Lagos Command, were sighted still battling to rescue the trapped persons.
Of the 15 rescued, five are said to be in critical conditions and have been admitted at the Accident and Emergency Centre, Toll Gate, Ikeja while others were admitted at the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, hospital, few metres away from the scene. It was learnt that the construction workers were casting the decking and the pillars when the building caved-in on them at about 4:00p.m.
An eyewitness, Mr. Adetayo Olaseni stated: â€œThe building collapsed at about 4:00p.m. while construction works were still ongoing. This led to pandemonium, as everyone scampered for safety.â€
Another eye-witness, Miss Blessing Osundare said: â€œIÂ heard a loud bang and all I saw was that the entire building had collapsed on the workers. While some escaped unhurt, others are still trapped under the debris.
â€œI canâ€™t say this is the number of people here, but I know that they were more than 60 persons working at the site.â€
Confirming the tragedy, the General Manager ofÂ LASEMA, Dr. Femi Oke-Osanyintolu said: â€œA twin four-storey building located at Muri Okunola Street, Victoria Island collapsed.â€
â€œFifteen persons have been rescued so far while three corpsesÂ have been recovered from the debris.
â€œRescue operations are still on-going and we are assuring residents that they should not panic. We are on top of the issue.â€