At least five persons have been rescued from the scene of a building collapse in Surulere area of Lagos State.
The Director General of the State Emergency Management Agency, Mr. Femi Osanyintolu told Channels Television that the incident occurred on Thursday evening on Rufai street, off Makinde street, in Ojuelegba.
At least one person was killed when a seven-story residential building collapsed in Brazil on Tuesday, an official said, as rescuers searched through the rubble for survivors.
Three people were pulled alive from the wreckage of the building in Fortaleza, the capital of the northeastern Ceara state, after it imploded, sending thick clouds of dust into the air, cell phone footage broadcast by Globo TV showed.
Vehicles parked in the streets around the scene were covered in dust.
It was not immediately clear what caused the building to collapse at around 10:30 am (1330 GMT) when most people would have been at work.
“There could have been 10 to 15 people inside the building at the moment it collapsed, but these numbers are totally speculative,” Lieutenant Romario Fernandes, a spokesman for the state fire brigade and civil defense, told Globo TV.
Rescuers wearing bright orange clothing scrambled over the rubble as they searched for more survivors.
Ambulances were at the scene.
Building collapses in Brazil tend to happen in poor neighborhoods, known as favelas, where illegal construction is rampant.
But TV footage shows the tower in Fortaleza appears to be in an upper middle-class area near the city center, which is populated by many modern-looking buildings.
Rescuers Wednesday called off the search for survivors after a building collapsed during heavy monsoon rains in India’s financial capital Mumbai, killing 14 people.
Heavy monsoon rains on Tuesday trapped more than 40 people after the building crumbled in southern Mumbai’s congested Dongri area, with rescuers and volunteers struggling to conduct their search among the narrow lanes.
Disaster management spokesman Tanaji Kamble told AFP that 14 people, including four women and three children, lost their lives in the collapse.
The figure was confirmed by NEMA’s Head of Rescue Operations, North Central, Mr Nurudeen Musa. He noted that the rescue operation is still ongoing with evacuator machinery mobilised to the site of the collapse.
The joint rescue effort is being carried out by the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), the Plateau State Emergency Agency (SEMA), Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) officers, the fire brigade, police officers and members of the Nigerian Red Cross Society.
The search and rescue operators, however, lamented that their operation is been hindered by the crowd.
Fourteen people were killed when a building collapsed in northern India following heavy monsoon rain which has left more than 100 dead across South Asia, officials said Monday.
Floods and landslides caused by the annual deluge have wreaked deadly havoc from the Himalayan foothills to low-lying camps housing Rohingya refugees, with officials warning tolls could rise as they scramble to reach affected communities.
In Bangladesh, at least 29 people have died in the last week, including 18 who were hit by lightning and seven who drowned after their boat capsized in choppy waters in the Bay of Bengal.
Another 10 have died in overcrowded Rohingya refugee camps in the southeast of the country and thousands of shanty homes have been destroyed.
In the latest monsoon-related tragedy in India, a four-storey building on a hillside in the northern state of Himachal Pradesh collapsed, trapping those who had gathered for a party inside.
The structure — located near popular tourist destination Shimla — came down on Sunday following days of heavy downpours.
Rescue workers used heavy machinery to remove heaps of mangled steel and wires from the muddied debris, pulling 28 survivors from the rubble.
A statement from the state Chief Minister’s office said 14 people had died, all but one of whom were soldiers.
One soldier — who was pulled out alive from the rubble — said they had gathered for a party in the building’s restaurant, “but suddenly the building shook and collapsed”.
Such incidents are common across the region during the monsoon because of dilapidated structures that buckle under the weight of continuous rain.
In neighbouring Nepal, police said at least 67 have been killed in floods and landslides, while 30 more are missing.
The June to September monsoon causes widespread death and destruction across South Asia each year.
In Pakistan-administered Kashmir, officials said at least 18 people were killed after heavy rain triggered flash floods and damaged more than 50 houses.
Floods have also devastated much of the northeastern Indian state of Assam where four people died on Sunday after being swept away by sudden torrents.
The state’s Kaziranga National Park, a UNESCO-recognised reserve and home to two-thirds of the world’s one-horned rhinos, has also been seriously affected by the weather.
In the eastern state of Bihar, five rivers were flowing over the danger levels with more rain forecast over the next few days.
The downpours have eased in Nepal but authorities still fear the death toll could rise, said police spokesman Bishwaraj Pokharel, who gave the latest number of dead and missing from floods and landslides.
“There are the challenges of resettlement of the displaced as many houses… have been swept away. We are also cautious about the risk of epidemics due to polluted water,” Pokharel told AFP.
In Pakistan-administered Kashmir, officials also warned the death toll could increase as rescuers struggle to reach affected areas, and with the floods badly damaging communications.
Seven people, including five Chinese nationals, have been charged with manslaughter or as accomplices to manslaughter in connection with a building collapse in Cambodia that killed 28 people and sparked anger over shoddy construction regulations.
The collapse of a seven-storey, under-construction Chinese building in the resort town of Sihanoukville on Saturday is the deadliest industrial accident in recent memory in Cambodia.
A close Beijing ally, Cambodia has seen an influx of investments from Chinese developers, including in the booming gambling hub of Sihanoukville.
But the building frenzy has raised concerns about sub-standard safety regulations in a country where most construction workers are informal day-labourers.