How Lagos  Building Collapse Claims  70 Lives  In Ten Months 


Lagos residents have continued to live with tbe menace of building collapse with its attendant casualties.
GHnews reports that between 2021 and now no fewer than 130 persons have lost true lives to the incidences of building collapse, including about 50 who died  in November  2021 at 21-storey building on Gerard Road, Ikoyi
There had been  incidences of building  collapse afterwards in Yaba, Ebute-Metta and Okota areas, claiming about  15 lives.
For instance, Ten persons also died  on May 1, 2022 when a three-storey building collapsed in the Ebute Metta area of the state leaving at least 10 persons dead.
In the latest incident which occurred Saturday afternoon, one person was confirmed dead st Lagos Island area of Lagos State.

The ill-fated building was said to be under construction before the incident, two persons have been  rescued alive.

One of the locals said  the building collapsed after heavy rainfall at Freeman Road, Lagos Island.

Reacting the Permanent Secretary of the Lagos State Emergency Agenvy,  in a preliminary report titled, ‘ Situation report on collapsed four-floor building at 4 Alayaki Lane, Lagos Island on Saturday, 21st May, 2022’.

“The Agency responded to the above incident which was already in violation of building safety protocols.

“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.

“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.”

Many people have also reported to have lost their lives in flood related incidents,including 16 persons who lost their lives after their boat capsized around Mile 2 area of Lagos State.

The Lagos State Waterways Authority (LASWA) said that at about 7.45p.m., on Friday, it received a distress call of an incident on the waterways, which later revealed that a W19 passenger Fibre boat carrying 16 people capsized along the Ojo area of the state.

“The boat going from Mile 2 to Ibeshe in Ojo axis broke the waterways rules of late travelling by setting sail at 7pm. As the boat set out, the tide of the water drifted the boat to a stationary barge, which caused the boat to overturn.

It was said that all passengers on board, which included children, did put on their life jackets.

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