Two Dead As Three-Storey Building Collapses In Lagos During Rainfall

 

A three-storey building located at 4, Alayaki Lane, Lagos Island, collapsed in Lagos on Saturday during heavy rainfall, killing at least two persons.

According to the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, an unconfirmed number of people were still trapped under the rubble.

“The Agency responded to the above incident which was already in violation of building safety protocols,” a statement signed by LASEMA’s Director-General, Dr Olufemi Oke-Osanyintolu, said.

“It was discovered that the building had been captured by the LASBCA District Office and served with all Statutory Notices, Sealed at District and Central Enforcement Level.

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“Further investigation determined that the developer had continued clandestine operations mostly at night and at the weekends.

“An unconfirmed number of people are still trapped inside the building. Two people have been rescued alive while another was recovered dead. Search and Rescue operations ongoing. Further updates to follow.”

Building collapse is not uncommon in Lagos due to lax regulatory oversight and sharp practices by developers.

In November a high-rise block of luxury flats under construction collapsed in the Ikoyi area of the state, killing at least 40 people.

In February, a building under construction collapsed in the Yaba area of the state, trapping some workers.

Earlier this month, no fewer than 10 persons were confirmed dead after a three-storey building collapsed in the Ebute Metta area of the State.

Building Collapse: Lagos Stops Approvals For Structures Above Three Floors In Ebute-Metta

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The Lagos State government on Wednesday ordered the immediate stoppage of approval for the construction of building above three floors in Ebute-Metta East and West, in a bid to prevent building collapse in the area.

Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development in the state, Dr Idris Salako, revealed that the move followed an audit of buildings in the area.

He explained that the low-lying nature of Ebute-Metta and its negative impact on some of the buildings, most of which showed serious defects, made it mandatory for the government to apply special measures to save lives and property.

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“The soil and topography, the low water level and effects, as well as the inability of structures in this area to bear loads above three floors were considered in arriving at this decision” the commissioner was quoted as saying in a statement by a spokesperson for the ministry, Mukaila Sanusi.

According to him, the Lagos State Physical Planning Permit Authority (LASPPPA) has been directed going forward to stop taking applications for approval above three floors in the area.

“To guarantee the safety of lives and property by ensuring that we put a halt to lives being cut short by incidents of building collapse, the government has been compelled to invoke the relevant sections of the Lagos State Urban and Regional Planning and Development Law 2019, as amended, to address the crisis,” Salako stated.

He called for the understanding of stakeholders in the state, saying the decision was taken in the best interest of the people.

Building Collapse: Lagos Govt To Demolish Distressed Structures

A structure marked for demolition by the Lagos State Government.

 

The Lagos State Government is set to demolish distressed structures following the spate of building collapses in Nigeria’s commercial capital.

Idris Salako, the Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, stated this on Monday in his office while giving updates on the building collapse prevention plans by the state government.

“The Administration of Mr.Babajide Sanwo-Olu is committed to ensuring the security of lives and property,” the commissioner was quoted as saying via a statement by the Deputy Director of Public Affairs, Mukaila Sanusi.

“This underlines our resolve to act promptly in addressing the spate of building collapse by removing inhabitable structures before they cause more havoc, especially during the rainy season when such buildings are more prone to collapse.”

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Salako said that the focus of the exercise were structures already marked as distressed by the Lagos State Building Control Agency (LASBCA), particularly in Ebute-Metta East where an occupied building collapsed a week ago with many others vividly showing distress signs.

While the assessment of structures in the area and other parts of the State continued, the commissioner stated that it became pragmatic to promptly remove those earlier identified as being in a critically distressed state to avert disaster as the rains are here.

He reiterated that residents should maintain vigilance of the environment and report any untoward developments through the ministry or the state government communication channels, particularly the Lagos State Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development Mobile App that is available for download both on Google Play and IoS.

Death Toll Rises To 10, As 24 Rescued In Lagos Building Collapse

An excavator packs rubble into a waiting truck at the site of a building collapse at Ibadan Street along Herbert Macaulay Way in the Ebutte Meta area of Lagos State on May 2, 2022.

 

At least 10 persons have died after a building collapsed in the Ebute-Meta area of Lagos on Sunday evening.

According to a statement signed by Director of the Lagos State Fire and Rescue Service, Adeseye Margaret, on Monday 24 persons have also been rescued alive with varying degrees of injury.

All 24 are “in stable condition, including two who are responding to treatment,” the statement said.

Out of the 10 deaths reported, six are males and four females.

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“All the first and major responders are still collaborating to mop up the incident scene,” the statement said.

The three-storey building, located on 32, Ibadan Street, Ebute-Meta, reportedly collapsed on Sunday evening with rescue operations quickly set in motion.

In a statement on Monday, President Muhammadu Buhari condoled with the victims and saluted the courage and determination of the first responders.

He also regretted the frequency of building collapses in the country and urged relevant authorities to do more to halt further reoccurrences.

“President Buhari wishes those injured a speedy recovery and prays for divine assistance in the ongoing search and rescue operations,” the statement signed by presidential spokesperson Femi Adesina said.

Lagos Building Collapse: Buhari Condoles With Victims, Says Spate Is Embarrassing

An excavator packs rubble into a waiting truck at the site of a building collapse at Ibadan Street along Herbert Macaulay Way in the Ebute Metta area of Lagos State on May 2, 2022.

 

President Muhammadu Buhari has commiserated with the families of those who died, sustained injuries, and were affected by the building collapse in the Ebute Metta area of Lagos State.

With search and rescue ongoing at the site, he prayed for divine assistance in the operations and wished those injured a speedy recovery.

The President expressed his sympathy on Monday in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina.

“The President, who is pained by this tragic incident, salutes the courage and determination of the first responders, national and sub-national emergency agencies in Lagos State, and compassionate Nigerians, whose immediate action in the aftermath of the collapse of the three-storey building led to the rescue of several persons, including many children,” the statement said.

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According to him, the frequency of building collapses in the country has become increasingly embarrassing.

President Buhari, therefore, urged the relevant state authorities to work closely with professional bodies to put a halt to such incidents which he described as unfortunate but preventable.

Channels Television had reported the collapse of a three-storey building located at No. 38 Ibadan Street off Herbert Macaulay Way in Ebute Metta.

At least eight persons comprising five males and three females were recovered dead from the rubble, the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) said.

NEMA’s Zonal Coordinator in the South West, Ibrahim Farinloye, who confirmed this revealed that 23 people have been rescued so far after the structure went down at about 10:56pm on Sunday.

A mother and her child were among those recovered dead from the rubble as emergency officials continued rescue and recovery operations at the site.

They include personnel of the Lagos State Fire and Rescue Service, the Lagos State Ambulance Service (LASAMBUS), and the Lagos State Building Control Agency (LASBCA), among others.

Sunday’s incident is the second building collapse to be recorded in the Yaba-Ebute Metta axis of the state in almost three months.

Another three-storey building collapsed in the Onike area of Yaba on February 13, resulting in several casualties after the developer of the project reportedly returned to the site despite a stop-work order on the structure.

Residents In Confusion As Govt Moves To Demolish Distressed Building In Ebute Metta

 

Some residents were thrown into confusion on Monday as authorities forcibly evict them from their homes in Ebute Metta area of Lagos State.

The government had marked the three-storey building as distressed and issued a 24-hour ultimatum to its occupants to vacate the structure.

Residents in 100 Lagos Street off Herbert Macaulay Way, where the affected building is located, cried for help when government officials moved in with an excavator to conduct a partial-controlled demolition.

While some of the residents in the area said the occupants of the building would be rendered homeless if pulled down, others insisted that it was the right thing to do to avert a reoccurrence of Sunday’s incident.

The atmosphere became tense on Monday morning as officials were about to summarily evict residents who ran helter-skelter to move out of the building.

A photo taken on May 2, 2022, shows a crowd of residents at the front of a distressed building in the Ebute Metta area of Lagos State. Channels TV/ Dare Idowu

 

Hours before the eviction notice was served on the residents, Channels Television had reported the collapse of another three-storey building located at No. 38 Ibadan Street off Herbert Macaulay Way in Ebute Metta.

At least eight persons comprising five males and three females were recovered dead from the rubble, the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) said.

NEMA’s Zonal Coordinator in the South West, Ibrahim Farinloye, who confirmed this revealed that 23 people have been rescued so far after the structure went down at about 10:56pm on Sunday.

A mother and her child were among those recovered dead from the rubble as emergency officials continued rescue and recovery operations at the site.

Residents watch as officials conduct a rescue operation at the site of the building collapse in the Ebute Metta area of Lagos State on May 2, 2022.

 

They include personnel of the Lagos State Fire and Rescue Service, the Lagos State Ambulance Service (LASAMBUS), and the Lagos State Building Control Agency (LASBCA), among others.

Sunday’s incident is the second building collapse to be recorded in the Yaba-Ebute Metta axis of the state in almost three months.

Another three-storey building collapsed in the Onike area of Yaba on February 13, resulting in several casualties after the developer of the project reportedly returned to the site despite a stop-work order on the structure.

Mother And Child, Six Others Killed In Lagos Building Collapse

An excavator packs rubble into a waiting truck at the site of a building collapse at Ibadan Street along Herbert Macaulay Way in the Ebute Metta area of Lagos State on May 2, 2022.

 

No fewer than eight persons have been confirmed dead after a three-storey building collapsed in the Ebute Metta area of Lagos State.

The affected building, located at No. 38 Ibadan Street along Herbert Macaulay Way, went down on Sunday night.

A mother and her child were among those recovered dead from the rubble, the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) said on Monday.

NEMA’s Zonal Coordinator in the South West, Ibrahim Farinloye, who confirmed this revealed that 23 people have been rescued so far.

The latest incident is the second building collapse to be recorded in the Yaba-Ebute Metta axis of the state in almost three months.

Another three-storey building collapsed in the Onike area of Yaba on February 13, resulting in several casualties after the developer of the project reportedly returned to the site despite a stop-work order on the structure.

 

While recounting Sunday’s tragedy, sources said dozens were trapped in the rubble after the building went down at about 10:56pm.

Emergency officials, including personnel of the Lagos State Fire and Rescue Service, the Lagos State Ambulance Service (LASAMBUS), and the Lagos State Building Control Agency (LASBCA) were said to have raced to the scene shortly after the incident.

Farinloye, on his part, said 23 people comprising seven children and 16 adults trapped in the rubble have been brought out alive.

Nine of those rescued, he stated, have been treated and discharged, adding that the Nigeria Red Cross was making provision for psycho-social and trauma counselling for them.

Residents watch as officials conduct a rescue operation at the site of the building collapse in the Ebute Metta area of Lagos State on May 2, 2022.

 

Apart from the mother and child earlier recovered dead, the NEMA official confirmed the death of six other victims, including an elderly man who had a hearing impairment and a young man simply identified as Tahin.

He revealed that another three-storey building located on 100 Lagos Street – about 200 metres away from the structure that collapsed on Sunday has shown signs of distress.

Farinloye stated that the building had since been marked as distressed, but its occupants have remained defiant.

He, however, said the building has been re-sealed and its occupants evacuated by officials of the state’s buildings control agency – LABSCA.

An excavator is used to remove the rubble at the site of a building collapse at Ibadan Street along Herbert Macaulay Way in the Ebute Metta area of Lagos State on May 2, 2022.

 

Nine Detained In Connection With China Building Collapse

This picture taken and released on December 4, 2020, by the China National Space Administration (CNSA) via CNS shows a Chinese national flag unfurled from the Chang'e-5 lunar probe. China National Space Administration (CNSA) via CNS / AFP
A photo of a Chinese national flag

 

Police in central China announced the detention of nine people on Sunday over a collapsed building, as increasingly desperate rescuers comb the debris for any survivors.

The building, in Changsha city, housed a hotel, apartments and a cinema. It caved in Friday afternoon, leaving a gaping hole in the dense streetscape.

At least 18 people were trapped and another 39 were incommunicado, according to city mayor Zheng Jianxin.

Five people were rescued from the pancaked structure overnight Friday.

Changsha police said on social media that the building’s owner and three others responsible for its design and construction were detained Sunday on suspicion of “major responsibility for an accident”.

Another five people, all members of a private building inspection firm, “provided a false safety report after conducting a building safety audit of the hotel”, the statement on Twitter-like Weibo said.

No cause for the disaster has yet been given by authorities.

Changsha’s mayor vowed to “seize the golden 72 hours for rescue and try our best to search for the trapped people” in a news briefing Saturday, adding that over 700 first responders had been dispatched to the scene.

State media showed firefighters — backed by a digger — cutting through a morass of metal and sheets of concrete, while rescuers shouted into the tower of debris to communicate with any survivors.

A crowd gathered as chains of rescuers removed pieces of brick by hand, allowing experts a deeper look into the wreckage.

Some of the injured were rushed away on gurneys, while sniffer dogs combed the area for further signs of life.

President Xi Jinping on Saturday called for a search “at all cost” and ordered a thorough investigation into the cause of the collapse, state media reported.

A top Communist Party official was dispatched to the scene — an indication of the severity of the disaster.

China’s minister of emergency management Huang Ming urged officials to “thoroughly eliminate all kinds of hidden safety risks” in a Saturday meeting.

Building collapses are not uncommon in China, due to weak safety and construction standards as well as corruption among officials tasked with enforcement.

In January, an explosion triggered by a suspected gas leak brought down a building in the city of Chongqing, killing at least 16 people.

Five Rescued From China Building Collapse

This aerial photograph taken on April 29, 2022, shows rescuers working after a six-storey building collapsed in Changsha, in China’s central Hunan province. CNS / AFP

 

Five people were rescued from a collapsed building in China, authorities said Saturday after emergency teams overnight clawed through the rubble of a structure that housed a cinema and guesthouse. 

Authorities are yet to reveal how many people they believe are still buried underneath the six-storey building, which caved in on Friday afternoon in central Changsha city.

No casualties have been reported so far, but an announcement by Changsha said that “search and rescue work is still urgently underway”.

A top Communist Party official was dispatched to the scene, in a possible indication of the severity of the disaster.

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State Councillor Wang Yong — appointed by the central government — was sent to lead a team to “guide the rescue and emergency response work”, an official statement said Saturday.

Photos published by state media showed a crumpled roof and railings at the scene, while air conditioning units and other furnishings lay among the debris strewn on the street.

Media footage showed rescuers carrying a person into an ambulance late on Friday and communicating through rubble with those who remained trapped.

Building collapses are not uncommon in China, due to weak safety standards and corruption among officials tasked with enforcement.

In January, an explosion triggered by a suspected gas leak brought down a building in the city of Chongqing, killing more than a dozen people.

Twenty-five people also lost their lives in June 2021 when a gas blast hit a residential compound in the city of Shiyan.

Workers Trapped As Building Collapses In Lagos

 

A building under construction collapsed in the Yaba area of Lagos on Saturday with some workers reportedly trapped under the rubble.

The number of casualties is not yet known but officials of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency have arrived at the scene.

At least two workers have been rescued, according to LASEMA Director-General, Olufemi Oke-Osanyintolu.

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Rescue equipment have also been mobilised to the scene to aid the recovery of other workers.

Building collapse is not uncommon in Lagos due to lax regulatory oversight and sharp practices by developers.

In November a high-rise block of luxury flats under construction collapsed in the Ikoyi area of the state, killing at least 40 people.

Three Children, Woman Confirmed Dead In Delta Building Collapse

 

One more person has been confirmed dead in the church building collapse in Delta State, raising the death toll to four.

Channels Television reported earlier on Wednesday that three persons were killed after the building collapsed on Tuesday at Okpanam community in Oshimili North Local Government Area (LGA) of the state.

Hours after the report, the Commissioner of Information in the state, Charles Aniagwu, confirmed to Channels Television that one of the injured victims had died.

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Those who were confirmed dead earlier included a woman and two girls, while the new death recorded was also a child whose gender has yet to be ascertained.

A combination of photos taken on January 12, 2022, shows scenes from the building collapse in Delta State.

 

The Police Public Relations Officer in Delta, Bright Edafe, had also confirmed that 18 other people trapped in the rubble were rescued.

Although it is unclear if those rescued are all children, Edafe said the search and rescue operations were over.

Giving a breakdown of those injured, he said four of them have been discharged while 11 people were receiving treatment. But one of them was the child who died recently.

When the building collapsed on Tuesday, several persons were feared to be trapped in the rubble.

As soon as the incident occurred, officials of the red cross and fire service, as well as security operatives were said to have raced to the scene.

Search and rescue operations began thereafter, leading to the recovery of the survivors from the rubble, but not without four lives lost.

Three Dead, 18 Rescued As Search Ends In Delta Building Collapse


Three persons have been confirmed dead after a church building collapsed at Okpanam community in Delta State.

A woman and two girls lost their lives to the incident which occurred on Tuesday in Oshimili North Local Government Area (LGA) of the state.

The Police Public Relations Officer in Delta, Bright Edafe, confirmed the number of casualties, saying 18 other people trapped in the rubble were rescued.

While it is unclear if those rescued are all children, Edafe also confirmed that the search and rescue operations were over.

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This photo shows the building that collapsed in Okpanam community in Delta State on January 11, 2022.

 

According to him, 15 of those rescued were injured and four of them have been discharged while the remaining 11 people are still receiving treatment.

Meanwhile, sources say the Deputy Governor of the state, Kingsley Otuaro, is scheduled to visit the site of the building collapse.

It is expected that he will answer questions bordering on the cause of the incident and actions to be taken by the state government to prevent a recurrence.

Channels Television had reported the building collapse in which several persons were trapped in the rubble.

As soon as the incident occurred, officials of the red cross and fire service, as well as security operatives were said to have raced to the scene.

Search and rescue operations began thereafter, leading to the recovery of the survivors from the rubble, but not with three lives lost.