PHOTOS: One Dead, Two Rescued In Ikorodu Building Collapse

Emergency officials at the scene of the building collapse. PHOTO: Dare Idowu/Channels TV

 

One person has been confirmed killed in a building collapse in the Ikorodu area of Lagos State.

Although three other victims were injured in the incident that occurred on Monday night, emergency responders rescued two persons.

One of the officials at the scene, the Southwest coordinator, NEMA, Ibrahim Farinloye told reporters on Tuesday that they received a distress call on Monday night shortly after the building collapsed.

“Immediately the incident occurred, the local residents within the area mobilised themselves to carry out initial rescue activities. Though, fire service and Police responded but were unable to do much due to the unavailability of equipment to lift the rubble on the suspected location of the trapped victims,” the rescue official said.

He said further that the injured persons, have been taken to the General Hospital in Ikorodu for treatment.

Following the incident, occupants of the building were asked to vacate its premises to prevent further loss of life or injury.

However, officials of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), and Red Cross, among others have continued with the rescue operation.

This, according to them, is to ensure nobody else is trapped under the rubble.

Emergency officials at the scene of the building collapse. PHOTO: Dare Idowu/Channels TV

 

Meanwhile, emergency officials have carried out controlled demolition of an adjoining building at the site of the collapse.

The incident comes four months after one person was killed when a building under construction collapsed in the Isawo area of Ikorodu.

Few days before the Isawo incident, a five-year-old boy was also killed in a building collapse in the Adeniji Adele area of the state.

The Lagos State government through the Lagos State Building Control Agency (LABCA) has been carrying out integrity tests on some buildings across the state.

Site of the building collapse. PHOTO: Dare Idowu/Channels TV

 

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Building Set For Scrutiny In Deadly Florida Collapse

People observe the wreckage of a partially collapsed building in Surfside north of Miami Beach, Florida on June 25, 2021. Eva Marie UZCATEGUI / AFP
People observe the wreckage of a partially collapsed building in Surfside north of Miami Beach, Florida on June 25, 2021. Eva Marie UZCATEGUI / AFP

 

The Florida apartment building that collapsed in the middle of the night was undergoing construction work ahead of a safety review, and was built on a site known to have subsided — two among many factors set for scrutiny as investigators seek to explain the disaster.

Completed in 1981, Champlain Towers South was due to be recertified this year in line with Miami-Dade county safety regulations — which require a review every 40 years — and roof work was ongoing as part of that process.

County officials confirmed work was being done on the waterfront complex — but stressed there was no indication of a causal link to the collapse of its southern wing, which reduced 55 apartment units to rubble.

Attention has turned however to a study led by Florida International University’s Shimon Wdowinski, based on space-based radar data, which found signs of land subsidence at the site between 1993 and 1999.

“I don’t know if the collapse was predictable. But we did detect that the building moved in the 1990s,” the environment professor said on CNN.

“It’s very subtle. It’s two millimeters per year but it’s still detected by the satellites,” he explained, describing what was happening as a “slow process” of settling, rather than sinking.

“In this case, it’s a very localized signal of that building,” he said.

“And it means that it’s not necessarily the building moved into the ground. It can be that the building moved within itself — if there were some kind of structural damage within the building.”

‘Going to take some time’

FIU cautioned in a post on its website that “land subsidence in and of itself likely would not cause a building’s collapse.”

The university also noted that the subsidence observed in Surfside was significantly slower than other parts of the planet Wdowinski has studied — Mexico City, for example, is subsiding at a rate of 15 inches per year, 2,000 times higher.

Another of the university’s experts, Atorod Azizinamini, chair of its civil and environmental engineering department, cautioned in an online video that it was too soon to speculate on a cause.

Search and rescue personnel with a K9 unit work in the rubble of a 12-story residential tower that partially collapsed on June 24, 2021 in Surfside, Florida. Joe Raedle/Getty Images/AFP

 

He said structural engineers would collect vast quantities of data on the building’s design plans and construction methods, take samples of steel and concrete, look at signs of corrosion, examine the foundation for signs of settlement, and try to detect any unusual event before the collapse.

“Once we have all the information we can simulate exactly different scenarios, and we can pinpoint how the collapse took place,” Azizinamini said. “Unfortunately that is not going to be happening in a matter of days, weeks.”

“It’s going to take some time.”

But Matthys Levy, a consulting engineer and professor at Columbia University interviewed by USA Today, said even the minor subsidence detected could have an impact.

“A millimeter may seem like a small number, but when you add them up over many years, it becomes a big number,” Levy said — who pointed at the fact that one part of the building is still standing as potentially significant.

If one part of a building is well-founded and the other is not, he explained, it can cause distortion in the floor slabs and “suddenly, you get cracking, breaking and fracturing.”

That can lead to what is called progressive collapse — as happened during the September 11, 2001 attacks in New York.

“If one part of the building fails, it drags the rest with it,” Levy said. “There’s nothing there to stop it, there’s no strong elements to hold it back. It’s a cascade.”

US media have separately reported that a 2015 lawsuit from an owner alleged that the building’s management failed to maintain an outside wall, resulting in water damage and cracks.

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Five Dead, Over 20 Injured In Egypt Building Collapse

People gather around the rubble of a building that collapsed in the popular area of Gesr Giza, east of the Egyptian capital Cairo, on March 27, 2021, reportedly killing at least 5 people and wounding others. AFP

 

Five people died and more than 20 were wounded Saturday as a building collapsed in the Egyptian capital Cairo, local authorities said.

“The governorate’s crisis room was informed at 3:00 am (0100 GMT) of the collapse of a building consisting of a basement, a ground floor, and nine (upper) floors,” the Cairo governorate said in a statement.

It said that five people were confirmed dead and 24 wounded in the collapse in the Gesr Suez district near Heliopolis in the east of the city.

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“Khaled Abdel Aal, the governor, immediately went to the site of the incident accompanied by civil protection forces,” the statement added.

He ordered the “establishment of an engineering committee” to inspect surrounding buildings and evaluate the impact.

Egypt has suffered several deadly building collapses in recent years, due to the dilapidation of many premises and poor adherence to planning regulations.

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Death Toll In Ghana Church Collapse Rises To 21

A file picture of the Ghanaian Flag
A file picture of the Ghanaian Flag

 

The death toll in the collapse of a three-story church building in eastern Ghana rose to 21, rescue officials said on Friday, as more bodies were pulled from the rubble.

“The deceased include 12 women and nine men,” the National Disaster Management Organisation said in a statement, upping the toll from 17 dead on Thursday.

It said eight people had been rescued alive at the scene since rescue workers began combing the disaster site.

The Church of Prosperity collapsed Tuesday in the town of Akyem Batabi just after worshippers had concluded a prayer meeting.

 

Church building collapses at Akyem Batabi in Eastern region, Ghana

 

One survivor told local media that some 60 people were inside the building when it came down.

The causes of the accident were still unknown but the church’s founder, Prophet Isaac Ofori, popularly known as Akoa Isaac, was assisting police with its investigation.

 

 

 

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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.