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UPDATE: Death Toll Jumps To Five In Lagos Building Collapse


Two additional bodies of construction workers have been recovered by emergency search and rescue officials under the rubble of a three-storey building yet to be completed that collapsed in the Yaba axis of Lagos State, increasing the death toll from three to five.

The five bodies have been handed over to the Lagos State Environmental Health Monitoring Unit (SEHMU) for onward deposit to the state’s mortuary.

WesternPost learnt that the two additional bodies were removed on Sunday by the rescue officials led by the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA).

LASEMA and other emergency officials at the scene, have intensified operations at the scene to ensure none of the construction workers is left un-rescued and bodies unrecovered.

The new death toll was confirmed to journalists by LASEMA Director-General, Oluwafemi Oke-Osanyintolu.

Oke-Osanyintolu added that only two bricklayers were rescued by the search and rescue officials at the collapsed building scene after it came down on Saturday.

“The rescue operation is still ongoing but we have been able to rescue two persons and recovered five bodies under the rubble.

“We are on ground zero on one section of the structure while we are about to get to the same place on the other section of the collapsed building,” he added.


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