Update: Six dead, 16 rescued in Lagos building collapse
By Olasunkanmi Akoni
Death tolls in Tuesday Lagos collapsed building at No 3 Massey Street Lagos Island has risen from five to six while 16 other trapped victims have been rescued alive so far.
Among the dead victims are an 11 year old boy whose body was recovered at about midnight.
According to eyewitness, the building came down totally, at about 2.43 pm during rainstorm.
Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, LASEMA, General Manager, Mr. Adeshina Tiamiyu, who confirmed the incident said recovery operation were on going by LASEMA Response Unit, NEMA, LASAMBUS, Lagos State Fire Service and other rescue team to save the lives of possible trapped victims.
According to Tiamiyu, heavy duty equipment presently searching through the rubble.
Tiamiyu said: “We have deployed heavy duty to the scene to search through the rubble to ensure no one is left under.”
Source told our correspondent that the structure was initially on a three-storey building before another one storey was added making it four
Also confirming the tragedy, Director of Lagos state fire service, Mr. Rasak Fadipe, said that 13 persons have been rescued, nloting that efforts were still ongoing to rescue others feared trapped under the rubble.