Three-Storey Building Collapses In Lagos

A section of the building which collapsed in the Ejigbo area of Lagos State on September 19, 2020.

 

A three-storey building has collapsed in the Ejigbo area of Lagos State.

In a statement on Saturday, the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), said it had received distress calls that the building, located at the Excel College, 15, Ansarudeen Street, Ile Epo Bus Stop, collapsed at about 8:15 am.

“Information gathered from some officials of the school revealed that the building had previously shown signs of distress and the school was planning to renovate refortify the structure,” the LASEMA DG, Dr Olufemi Damilola Oke-Osanyintolu said.

According to Oke-Osanyintolu, the three-story building has two wings conjoined and the wing that collapsed has seriously affected the second wing, leaving visible cracks on the walls, pillars and decking.

He, however, noted that nobody was trapped and no injuries or fatalities were recorded.

Other emergency responders present at the time of this report in addition to the LASEMA were officials of the LASBCA and the Police Force (Ejigbo Division).

One Killed, Others Injured As Building Collapses In Delta

One killed as building collapses in Delta State

 

One person has died and others injured after a story building under construction in the Okwe area of Asaba, Delta State collapsed on Saturday.

According to eyewitness accounts the owner of the building and four others who were working when it suddenly caved in, were trapped under the rubble.

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Some were, however, rescued and taken to a nearby hospital while one person lost his life.

The local vigilante in the area is currently keeping watch at the site to prevent robbers or anyone who may want to cart away valuables.

One Dead, Over 70 Trapped As Five-Storey Building Collapses In India

 

Rescue workers search for people in the rubble of a five-storey apartment building after it collapsed in Mahad on August 24, 2020. Pritam SAKPAL / AFP

 

One person was killed and dozens feared trapped after a five-storey apartment building collapsed late Monday in western India, officials said, with a local legislator warning that the number could be as high as 200.

The structure comprised 47 flats, police in the town of Mahad — 120 kilometres (75 miles) south of Mumbai — said in a statement.

The cause of the accident was not immediately clear but building collapses are common during India’s June-September monsoon, with old and rickety structures buckling under the weight of non-stop rain.

Three rescue teams, armed with specialised equipment and sniffer dogs, had been deployed to the scene of the accident, a statement from India’s National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) said, with Home Minister Amit Shah tweeting that he was “praying for everyone’s safety”.

NDRF spokesman Sachidanand Gawde told reporters that emergency workers had retrieved the body of one victim, while Mahad police said at least 70 people were believed to be trapped under rubble.

“Fifteen injured people have been rescued and taken to hospital,” the police said in a statement.

 

Rescue workers search for people in the rubble of a five-storey apartment building after it collapsed in Mahad on August 24, 2020.  Pritam SAKPAL / AFP

 

Local residents and police combed through tin sheets, metal rods and other wreckage in a desperate search for survivors as ambulances ferried victims to nearby hospitals.

Mahad legislator Bharat Gogawale told the local TV9 Marathi channel that early estimates seemed to suggest that “over 200 people are stuck inside”.

“Our primary goal is to rescue as many people as possible who are trapped under the debris”.

“We cannot yet ascertain the reason for the collapse”, he added.

– ‘Scary situation’ –

Local politician Manik Motiram Jagtap told the channel that the structure was 10 years old and built on “weak” foundations.

“It fell like a house of cards,” Jagtap said.

“It is a scary situation.”

As night fell, emergency workers used cranes to try and remove the rubble as relatives anxiously waited for news of their loved ones.

The office of Uddhav Thackeray, chief minister of Maharashtra state, where Mahad is located, said on Twitter that he had been in touch with local representatives in the area.

“He has assured them that all possible support will be extended for speedy rescue and relief works,” the tweet said.

The monsoon plays a vital role in boosting agricultural harvests across South Asia. But it also causes widespread death and destruction, unleashing floods, triggering building collapses and inundating low-lying villages.

The death toll from monsoon-related disasters this year has topped 1,200, including more than 800 lives lost in India alone.

The accident brings yet more bad news for Maharashtra, which has already been hit hard by the coronavirus crisis, with the state accounting for over a fifth of India’s more than three million infections.

The pandemic has also cast a shadow on the ongoing Ganesha Chaturthi festival, with Hindu devotees ordered to sharply scale down celebrations and rituals honouring the much-loved elephant god in a bid to limit the spread of the virus.

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Many Trapped, Some Feared Dead As Building Collapses In Ebute Metta

 

There are fears that some persons might have died after a building collapsed along Cemetery road, opposite the health centre in Ebute Metta, Lagos.

The 2-storey building which houses shops and residential apartments collapsed just after noon on Friday.

Many persons are said to have been trapped in the rubbles of the collapsed building.

Channels Television gathered that men of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) arrived at the scene within fifteen minutes.

The LASEMA officials cordoned off the area swiftly and commenced rescue operations immediately.

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Lagos has recorded about three cases of building collapse in recent times.

On the 11th of July, three persons died and nine others were injured following a building collapse on Freeman Street, in the Lagos Island area of Lagos State.

Channels Television gathered that the three-story building collapsed in the early hours of Saturday when the occupants were still asleep.

The Director-General of the State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), Dr Damilola Oke-Osanyintolu, confirmed the tragic incident to Channels Television.

According to him, the remains of the dead victims have been transported to the mortuary, while the nine injured are being administered pre-hospital care by the agency.

Oke-Osanyintolu explained that the victims comprise a child and two adults, adding that the agency is moving the ‘unstable’ structure to ground zero.

This to him is based on the safety and stability of residents of the area and indeed the state.

“We were able to rescue nine people alive and we sympathise with the people that lost their loved ones in there. We recovered three bodies. The three bodies that were rescued have been deposited in the mortuary.

“It is pertinent to note that we have served these people for over three months ago. The building controlling agency was there to serve them. The material testing did the needful in terms of doing the integrity test of this structure and it failed,” he said.

In a similar vein, another building partially collapsed in the Ikotun area of Lagos State, on the same day as the incident in the Lagos Island.

The one-storey building was said to house nine shops and 15 rooms.

Fortunately, there were no lives lost or injuries recorded.

According to the Director-General of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), Dr Damilola Oke-Osanyintolu, the building was found to be conspicuously distressed as many cracks were observed on the walls, pillars, and decking.

He said all the occupants were evacuated while the building was cordoned off.

Three-Storey Building Collapses In Ebonyi

Three-storey building collapses in Ebonyi

 

A three-storey building under construction has collapsed in Abakaliki, the Ebonyi State capital.

The building is located on Nkaliki road, opposite the Abakaliki Local Government Council headquarters.

Confirming the incident to journalists, the Chairman of Abakaliki Capital Territory Development Board (ACTDB), Dr Uche Onwe, said that the building collapsed in the early hours of Wednesday.

The Chairman of Abakaliki Capital Territory Development Board, Dr. Uche Onwe

He noted that the cause of the collapse was a result of substandard materials, structural defects, and absence of work on the site.

According to the ACTDB chairman, the approval of the building was given in 2015 from the previous government but the developer commenced work on it in 2016 and later abandoned it.

Following the collapse of the building, Onwe stated that the structure will be completely demolished to prevent further harm around the premises.

“The building has been under the watch of the government and the board has given a directive for immediate evacuation and demolition to prevent more harm,” he said.

While appealing to developers to always seek the approval of the counter territory board, Onwe said that no life was lost in the incident as workers had not resumed for work at the time the building collapsed.

Building Partially Collapses At Ikotun, Lagos

 

Another building has partially collapsed in the Ikotun area of Lagos State.

The one-storey building was said to house nine shops and 15 rooms. Fortunately, there were no lives lost or injuries recorded.

 

 

According to the Director-General of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), Dr Damilola Oke-Osanyintolu, the building was found to be conspicuously distressed as many cracks were observed on the walls, pillars and decking.

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He said all the occupants have been evacuated while the building has been cordoned off.

 

This comes shortly after three persons died after another building collapsed on Lagos Island.

The LASEMA DG confirmed the tragic incident to Channels Television.

The three-story building collapsed in the early hours of Saturday while the occupants were asleep.

Oke-Osanyintolu noted that the remains of the deceased have been transported to the mortuary, while the nine others who sustained injuries were being administered pre-hospital care by the agency.

UPDATE: Three Dead, Nine Rescued In Lagos Building Collapse

Emergency workers rescue a child from the scene of a collapsed building on Freeman Street, in the Lagos Island area of Lagos State on July 11, 2020.

 

Three persons have died and nine injured following a building collapse on Freeman Street, in the Lagos Island area of Lagos State.

Channels Television gathered that the three-story building collapsed in the early hours of Saturday when the occupants were still asleep.

The Director-General of the State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), Dr Damilola Oke-Osanyintolu, confirmed the tragic incident to Channels Television.

According to him, the remains of the dead victims have been transported to the mortuary, while the nine injured are being administered pre-hospital care by the agency.

Oke-Osanyintolu explained that the victims comprise a child and two adults, adding that the agency is moving the ‘unstable’ structure to ground zero.

This to him is based on the safety and stability of residents of the area and indeed the state.

“We were able to rescue nine people alive and we sympathise with the people that lost their loved ones in there. We recovered three bodies. The three bodies that were rescued have been deposited in the mortuary.

“It is pertinent to note that we have served these people for over three months ago. The building controlling agency was there to serve them. The material testing did the needful in terms of doing the integrity test of this structure and it failed,” he said.

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The LASEMA boss explained that rescue operations were still ongoing.

Meanwhile, officials of the Lagos State Building Control Agency (LABSCA), Ministry of Physical planning, Nigeria Police among other emergency workers are at the scene of the building collapse.

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Building Collapse: Imo Govt To Revoke CofO, Prosecute Contractor

File photo of Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodinma

 

The Imo State Government has vowed to prosecute the erring contractor as well as revoke the Certificate of Occupancy of the land, following the collapse of an 8-storey building in Owerri.

Governor Hope Uzodinma revealed this on Friday while visiting the site of the collapsed building.

According to him, it is quite unfortunate that the developers violated the lockdown order of the state Govt by embarking on construction work during the lockdown.

He also lamented that the developers did not follow the authorized plan of the state government on the building.

The governor also commiserated with the families of those affected.

This comes as emergency officials recovered two more dead bodies from the rubble of the collapsed building.

A team of rescue officials comprising the Red Cross and Owerri Capital Development Authority evacuated the bodies from the scene of the incident today.

The number of persons killed in the building collapse rose to four following the death of two persons reported on Thursday.

While 12 people have been rescued, many are still trapped including a woman and her two kids.

10 Killed As China Quarantine Hotel Collapse

A boy is rescued from the rubble of a collapsed hotel in Quanzhou, in China’s eastern Fujian province early on March 8, 2020. At least four people were killed following the collapse of a hotel used as a coronavirus quarantine facility in eastern China, the Ministry of Emergency Management said on March 8. STR / AFP

 

At least ten people were killed in the collapse of a hotel used as a coronavirus quarantine facility in eastern China, authorities said Sunday.

Rescuers pulled 48 people from the rubble, of whom 38 are still alive, the Ministry of Emergency Management said on social media.

The building in the coastal city of Quanzhou had been repurposed to house people who recently had contact with patients confirmed with COVID-19, the state-run People’s Daily newspaper reported.

The city has recorded 47 cases of the virus.

Video posted online by the ministry’s firefighting department showed rescuers helping children don surgical masks before pulling them from the wreckage of the six-storey Xinjia hotel.

A 12-year-old boy told rescuers his mother was still buried in the rubble.

“She was next to me just now,” he said in the video. His mother was rescued alive hours later, according to the ministry.

Another video released by the ministry showed rescuers squirting water from a bottle into the mouth of a trapped man.

Rescuers were also seen spraying disinfectant on each other as part of “strict decontamination” measures between shifts.

Collapsed in Seconds

Footage published by local media appears to show the hotel collapsing in seconds, with the building’s facade crumbling to the ground, exposing the structure’s steel frame.

Nine people escaped on their own, the ministry said.

The first floor had been undergoing renovation since before the Lunar New Year holiday, and construction workers called the hotel’s owner minutes before the collapse to report a deformed pillar, authorities said.

The owner has been summoned by police while investigators work to determine whether the renovation or an original structural issue was at fault, according to the ministry.

Fifty-eight people who had recently been in regions hard hit by COVID-19 were being quarantined in the hotel but all had tested negative for the virus, local newspaper Quanzhou Evening News reported Sunday.

More than 800 rescuers and 750 medical staff were deployed for the rescue effort along with 20 ambulances, the ministry said.

China’s National Health Commission said it was sending to Quanzhou 18 medical experts from the nearby cities of Fuzhou and Xiamen.

Building collapses and other deadly construction accidents have typically been blamed on the country’s rapid economic growth, which has led to corner-cutting by builders and the flouting of safety rules.

At least 20 people died in 2016 when a series of crudely-constructed multi-story buildings packed with migrant workers collapsed in the eastern city of Wenzhou.

Another 10 were killed last year in Shanghai after the collapse of a commercial building during renovations.

One Killed As Building Collapses In Lagos

 

One person has been reported killed after a three-story building collapsed at the Palmgrove area of Lagos State.

According to the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) the building, occupied by keystone bank, collapsed on Saturday evening while it was being renovated.

The LASEMA Director-General, Femi Oke-Osanyintolu, explained that the concrete canopy attached above door level on the ground floor collapsed due to inadequate reinforcement under the weight.

He added that two workers were in the building when the canopy collapsed on one of the artisans who had been working on the ground level.

According to the LASEMA boss, it took the combined efforts of the Lagos rescue team, the fire service, the police, and other emergency services to retrieve the remains of the victim who was identified as Ezekiel Ajibola.

His remains have now been handed over to officers of the Pedro Police Station, while the area has been cordoned off to prevent any secondary incident.

More Than 40 Rescued After Collapse Of Quarantine Facility In China

A man (L) is helped by rescuers as he is pulled from the rubble of a collapsed hotel in Quanzhou, in China's eastern Fujian province on March 7, 2020. STR / AFP
A man (L) is helped by rescuers as he is pulled from the rubble of a collapsed hotel in Quanzhou, in China’s eastern Fujian province on March 7, 2020. STR / AFP

 

More than 40 people have been rescued following the collapse of a hotel used as a coronavirus quarantine facility in eastern China on Saturday, state media reported. 

Officials said around 70 people were initially trapped when the building first crumbled.

Footage circulating on microblogging platform Weibo showed rescue workers combing through the rubble of the 80-room Xinjia hotel in coastal Quanzhou city in the dark as they reassured a woman trapped under heavy debris and carried wounded victims into ambulances.

READ ALSO: About 70 Trapped After Covid-19 Quarantine Building Collapses In China

A total of 43 people have so far been rescued from the wreckage, state news agency Xinhua said.

The hotel’s facade appeared to have crumbled into the ground, exposing the building’s steel frame, and a crowd gathered as the evening wore on.

Officials have yet to confirm whether anyone died in the accident.

China’s Ministry of Emergency Management said some 200 local and 800 Fujian Province firefighters had been deployed to the scene along with 11 search and rescue teams and seven rescue dogs, according to Xinhua.

Quanzhou authorities said ambulances, excavators and cranes had also been rushed to the site.

Representatives from Beijing are also en route to Quanzhou to assist in relief efforts, Xinhua reported.

Quanzhou has recorded 47 cases of the COVID-19 infection and the hotel, which opened just two years ago, was recently repurposed to house people who had been in recent contact with confirmed patients, the People’s Daily state newspaper reported.

China is no stranger to building collapses and deadly construction accidents, which are typically blamed on the country’s rapid growth leading to corner-cutting by builders and the widespread flouting of safety rules.

At least 20 people died in 2016 when a series of crudely-constructed multi-storey buildings packed with migrant workers collapsed in the eastern city of Wenzhou.

Another 10 were killed last year in Shanghai after the collapse of a commercial building during renovations.

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About 70 Trapped After Covid-19 Quarantine Building Collapses In China

A man is helped out of the rubble of a collapsed hotel by rescuers in Quanzhou, in China's eastern Fujian province on March 7, 2020. STR / AFP
A man is helped out of the rubble of a collapsed hotel by rescuers in Quanzhou, in China’s eastern Fujian province on March 7, 2020. STR / AFP

 

Around 70 people were trapped after the collapse of a hotel used as a coronavirus quarantine facility in eastern China on Saturday evening, officials said. 

At least 37 people have so far been rescued from the rubble of the Xinjia hotel in coastal Quanzhou city, the emergency management ministry said.

Footage circulating on microblogging platform Weibo showed rescue workers combing through the building’s wreckage in the dark and reassuring a woman trapped under heavy debris as other wounded victims were carried into ambulances.

The hotel’s facade appeared to have crumbled into the ground, exposing the building’s steel frame, and a crowd had gathered around the area as the evening wore on.

Officials have yet to confirm whether anyone has died in the accident.

Fujian province authorities have sent around 150 rescue workers to the scene, according to state broadcaster CCTV.

Representatives from Beijing are also en route to Quanzhou to assist in relief efforts, reported Xinhua news agency.

Quanzhou has recorded 47 cases of the COVID-19 infection and the hotel, which opened just two years ago, was recently repurposed to house people who had been in recent contact with confirmed patients, the People’s Daily state newspaper reported.

China is no stranger to building collapses and deadly construction accidents, which are typically blamed on the country’s rapid growth leading to corner-cutting by builders and the widespread flouting of safety rules.

At least 20 people died in 2016 when a series of crudely-constructed multi-storey buildings packed with migrant workers collapsed in the eastern city of Wenzhou.

Another 10 were killed last year in Shanghai after the collapse of a commercial building during renovations.

 

AFP