One Killed, Four Rescued From Collapsed Two-Storey Building In Lagos

 

One person has been killed, while four persons rescued by the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) from the two-storey building that caved in at the Ikoyi area of Lagos state.

The building under construction along Glover Road caved in on Friday evening and rescue workers are currently at the scene combing the rubble to rescue those trapped.

According to rescue workers, the rescued victims have been taken to the hospital for treatment, while efforts are ongoing to affirm if others are still trapped and evacuate them quickly.

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An eyewitness said the voices of those trapped can be heard from beneath the rubble.

A statement from the Director-General, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), Femi Osanyintolu, confirmed the collapse.

He said that emergency response has been activated for first responders while calling for calm from residents in the area.

“A building collapsed in the afternoon at 4.10 pm today, Friday, November 1, 2019, at Glover Court Ikoyi. It is a two-storey building under construction.

“LASEMA already activated the Lagos Emergency Response Plan for all first responders to move to the site of the collapsed building.

“Similarly, Lagosians within the vicinity of the incident have been enjoined to stay calm and allow emergency responders to do their job,” he asked.

Five Rescued As Building Collapses In Lagos

The scene of the building collapse in Lagos.

 

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.

 

He said LASEMA has activated the Emergency Response Plan for all first responders to move to the site of the collapsed building.

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Osanyitolu also asked residents within the vicinity of the collapsed structure to stay calm and allow emergency responders do their job.

At Least One Killed In Brazil Building Collapse

 

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.

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Four Killed In Magodo Building Collapse

A photo combination of scenes of the building collapse in the Magodo area of Lagos State on October 12, 2019.

 

 

Four persons have been confirmed dead after a house built on a hill collapsed on another in the Otun Araromi area of Isheri-Magodo in Lagos State.

The General Manager, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), Femi Oke-Osayintolu, confirmed the figure to Channels Television on Saturday.

He explained that the incident occurred in the morning, adding that the bodies recovered were that of a pregnant mother and her three children.

According to the LASEMA boss, efforts are ongoing to find more people believed to be trapped in the rubble.

He said relevant agencies are also working to ascertain the cause of the collapse.

 

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Sierra Leone Fighting To Rescue Survivors Of Building Collapse

 

Rescue personnel is seen at the scene of a buiding collapse in Bo on September 26, 2019. STRINGER / AFP
Rescue personnel is seen at the scene of a buiding collapse in Bo on September 26, 2019.
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Rescue teams at a city in southern Sierra Leone struggled Thursday to reach labourers buried under a building that collapsed as they were working on it, rescue services said.

A preliminary toll given by the local hospital said more than a dozen had been injured, but there were fears the final figure would be far higher.

The three-storey building crashed down on Wednesday in Bo, the country’s second largest city, located about 250 kilometres (155 miles) from the capital Freetown.

More than 80 people were scheduled for work on the site at the time, but how many lay in the rubble was unclear, an official at the disaster management department told AFP by phone.

There had also been women street hawkers at the site.

“We have received over a dozen people with injuries,” Dr. Peter Samai, the medical officer at the Bo Government Hospital, said.

“Ten of the survivors have severe injuries.”

The building was being put up close to a Ministry of Agriculture office on the Bo-Taiama Highway where several government offices are located.

The collapse happened as workers were concreting the last floor.

Police cordoned off the site as rescue teams looked for survivors, an eyewitness said.

“We are frantically working… with machinery, shovels and hands,” local mayor Harold Tucker said.

“We are working round the clock to rescue people trapped but it’s unlikely they will survive.”

The West African state is one of the poorest in the world, ranking 184th out of 189 countries in the 2018 UN Human Development Index.

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Buildings Collapse As 5.8-Magnitude Earthquake Hits Southwest Turkey

A damaged building is seen after 6 magnitude earthquake hit Bozkurt district of Denizli, Turkey on August 08, 2019. Soner Kilinc / Anadolu Agency

 

A 5.8-magnitude earthquake was recorded in southwestern Turkey on Thursday, according to the US Geological Studies Institute, with reports of collapsed buildings but no serious casualties.

The earthquake was recorded in the province of Denizli near the town of Bozkurt at 1125 GMT, with a depth of around seven kilometres according to Turkish emergency services.

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“Some roofs collapsed, there were deep fissures, several houses collapsed,” Bozkurt mayor Birsen Celik told TV station NTV.

“No one was killed. There were no serious injuries,” he added.

Turkey lies on major faultlines and has suffered several quakes in the west and southwest of magnitude 5 and above since the start of the year.

The country is about to mark 20 years since the devastating twin quakes in 1999, both over magnitude-7, that hit a highly populated zone in the northwest, leaving some 20,000 dead.

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Four Students Killed, Eight Others Injured After Bridge Collapse In Bauchi

Four students have been confirmed killed with eight others injured after a pedestrian bridge collapsed at the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University (ATBU), Gubi Campus.

This was disclosed to Channels Television by the Vice-Chancellor of the University, Professor Abdulazeez Ahmed.

The bridge which links one of the hostels and another building containing lecture rooms collapsed at midnight, following a heavy downpour.

The Student Union President, Naziru Mohammed had earlier told Channels TV that two students were confirmed dead and two others injured.

Students of the university are however currently protesting, blaming the bridge collapse on negligence by the institution’s authorities.

Director of Public Relations of the University, Andee Iheme also confirmed the death of two students following the incident.

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14 Confirmed Dead In Mumbai Building Collapse As Rescue Operation Ends

(FILES) In this file photo taken on July 16, 2019, Indian National Disaster Response Force and Indian fire brigade personnel rescue a survivor from after a building collapsed in Mumbai. Punit PARANJPE / AFP

 

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.

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India’s National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) said a woman was pulled alive from the rubble earlier Wednesday, although her young children died.

“We rescued 28-year-old Alima Indrasi with her two children early on Wednesday morning,” India’s National Disaster Response Force spokesman Sachidanand Gawde told AFP.

“She has sustained injuries but is undergoing treatment and her children did not survive.”

The plight of the residents in the 100-year-old building, which was due to be redeveloped, has highlighted the perilous state of Mumbai’s ageing infrastructure.

The tragedy is the second collapse to hit Mumbai in two weeks and the third in Maharashtra state.

A wall collapsed in the city killing 30 people in July, and 15 died in the nearby city of Pune when another wall gave way the previous month.

Building collapses in Mumbai, home to around 20 million people, are common during the monsoon season with rickety structures buckling under the weight of continuous rain.

Across South Asia, torrential downpours have swept away homes, triggered landslides and claimed at least 200 lives.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday tweeted his condolences to the victims’ families, describing the incident as “anguishing”.

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Jos Building Collapse Death Toll Rises To 12

Twelve people have been confirmed dead after a three-storey residential building collapsed following torrential rain in Jos, Plateau State. 

The figure was confirmed on Tuesday evening by NEMA’s Head of Rescue Operations, North Central, Mr Nurudeen Musa.

Nurrdeen said bodies of four female, eight male persons have been recovered from the rubbles.

He added that four other victims have rescued.

Rescue operations continue as the operators sifted through the rubble overnight after the building collapsed on Monday.

The collapse came after three days of pounding rain.

Emergency officials said it occurred during working hours, sparing dozens of residents, who later returned to find their homes destroyed.

Residents said that extra floors of residential housing had been added to the building in recent years.

It will be recalled that 20 people died when a building housing a nursery and primary school collapsed in Lagos, in March 2019.

Nine Dead In Jos Building Collapse, Rescue Operations Ongoing

Nine persons have been confirmed dead while two others have been rescued after a building collapsed in Jos, Plateau State.

The three-storey building collapsed on Butcher Street, Dilimi area of Jos North Local Government Area on Monday evening.

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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.

 

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14 Killed In India Building Collapse

Indian rescuers work on a site after a multi-storey building collapsed following heavy rains near Kumarhatti, in Himachal Pradesh’s Solan district on July 14, 2019. STR / AFP

 

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.

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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.

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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.

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Chinese, Six Others Charged Over Cambodia Building Collapse

A survivor is carried out of the rubble from a collapsed building in Sihanoukville on June 24, 2019. 
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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.

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On Tuesday, Chinese building owner Cheng Kun was charged with involuntary manslaughter, causing bodily harm and causing destruction of property, according to a court warrant seen by AFP.

Three other Chinese citizens — contractor Deng Xin Gui, site manager Xie Ya Ping and engineer Gao Yu — were accused as accomplices on all three offences.

“Now they are in jail provisionally,” Lim Bun Heng, a court spokesman in Preah Sihanouk province, told AFP.

Another Chinese citizen, a Vietnamese man and a Cambodian landowner have also been charged as accomplices to manslaughter but remain on the run.

According to Cambodian law, all seven could face a three-year maximum sentence for manslaughter.

Cambodian authorities have launched an investigation into the fatal accident, which Prime Minister Hun Sen has blamed on “carelessness”.

Recriminations have been swift, with Preah Sihanouk’s governor Yun Min resigning Monday over managerial errors.

Another top disaster management official has been fired for not being “quick enough to respond”, said Hun Sen, warning others “to be more responsible”.

There are an estimated 200,000 construction workers in Cambodia, mostly unskilled, reliant on day wages and not protected by union rules, according to the International Labour Organization (ILO).

At least 26 people were injured in the building collapse, which prompted a desperate, days-long search for survivors in the mound of rubble.

On Monday afternoon, two people were pulled from the wreckage alive — bruised and weak but spared of serious injuries — more than two days after the building went down.

Sihanoukville was once a sleepy fishing town turned backpacker-favourite, but today is a hotspot for throngs of Chinese tourists.

There are more than 50 Chinese-owned casinos around the beachfront and dozens more under construction, including around the site of Saturday’s building collapse.

AFP