Lagos: Three die, five rescued as converted bungalow collapses



Yet another building under construction has collapsed in Lagos, leaving three persons dead and five rescued.

The three-storey building collapsed in the torrential rainfall on Saturday afternoon.

Rescuers and sympathisers thronged the scene at Alayaki Lane off Freeman Road on Lagos Island in the heavy rain.

A developer was allegedly trying to convert a bungalow into a three-storey building when the incident occured.

One of the rescued persons identified as Matthew aka Ibadan had just resumed work on Saturday after two weeks of illness when the building caved in, according to an official of the National Emergency Management Agency, Mr. Ibrahim Farinloye.

In a WhatsApp post he made around 1.11am on Sunday, he said: “One male body recovered just again. Making 4 recovered dead and 5 rescued alive

The collapsed building under construction was located within a compound and it was a frame structure as at the time of the unfortunate collapse, The 3rd suspended slab concrete was already in place with ongoing internal partition. Building crumbled during a downpour at about 1345hours.

The building was bequeathed to the family members and some awarded it to a developer who was converting the bungalow building into 3 storey building before it collapsed.

Alayaki Lane contains a cluster of buildings and the rescue operation will have been hampered with the problem of no space.

With the operations, effort is ongoing to get to ground Zero. Though, no one is claiming any of his/her relative is missing.

Agencies that participated in operations are NEMA, LASEMA, Federal and State Fire Services, NSCDC, Police Disaster Management Unit, Lagos State Police Command , Ambulances and Nigeria Red Cross.”



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