Final death toll, by Tuesday night, in the collapsed five-storey building in Lekki area of Lagos, Southwest Nigeria rose to 18 with 13 others rescued. But one dead body was recovered this morning bringing the death toll to 19.
The dead included a woman, her husband and six-month-old baby
Michael Akindele, General Manager, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) confirmed by 4 pm on Tuesday that the death toll had risen to 10, while those rescued by then were 10.
But by the close of the day, however, the death toll had risen to 18 with 13 rescued.
He said the 10 survivors had been taken away for treatment by the Lagos State Ambulance Service, LASAMBUS, while the deceased were being packed by the State Environmental Health Monitoring Unit, SEHMU to be taken to the mortuary.
Akindele said rescue operation was still on as three excavators were being used in the rescue operation as well as other search and rescue equipment.
The 5-storey building collapsed around Chisco Bust stop in Lekki, Lagos in the early hours of Tuesday.
The collapsed building under construction might not be unconnected with the heavy rainfall which lasted for hours.
The building located at the Lekki Garden Estate Horizon, Ikate Elegunshi collapsed around 6.am when the heavy downpour was still on.
Many people are believed to still be trapped in the debris of the collapse as rescue operation continued.
Rescue operators included officers of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, LASEMA, Lagos State Fire Services, Lagos State Ambulance Service, LASAMBUS, Rapid Response Squad, RRS, Civil Defence, National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, Navy and the Nigeria police.