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Collapsed building kills 2 children, injures 10 others

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Following a heavy downpour, a story building in Ogudu area of Lagos state was reported to have collapsed, killing two children and injuring 10 others, on Wednesday.

It was gathered that the incident occurred at 46, Gafari Balogun Street Ogudu, around 12:30 pm as a result of mudslide which was occasioned by a heavy downpour.

The Director-General (DG) Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), Dr. Femi Oke-Osanyintolu, confirmed that the two children were extricated from the rubble of the collapsed structure after residents raised an alarm that they were missing.

He said the mudslide hit the building from the rear leading to the children, a boy and a girl being trapped.

The DG said all those who sustained injuries were immediately treated and discharged, as the scene was been cordoned off.

According to him: “The LRT received a distress call at 12:40 pm about a collapsed building at 46, Gafari Balogun Street Ogudu. On arrival at the scene by agency responders, it was observed that a building collapsed as a result of a mudslide at the rear of the building caused by heavy rainfall.

“The agents were informed that two children, one male and one female were trapped and immediately commenced a search and rescue operation.

“Unfortunately, they were found dead and their remains have been transported to the mortuary. Ten people sustained injuries and were treated on the spot. Integrity test will be carried out on the remainder of the building which has now been cordoned off.”

In other news, he said LASEMA officials also responded to a distress call at Ibiye Bus Stop, Morogbo along Lagos-Badagry Expressway where a tanker laden with kerosene fell and spilled its content.

The 45,000 capacity tanker was said to have blocked the road causing standstill of motor traffic along the busy road with fears of a fire outbreak should there be a trigger.

The DG said the agency made a swift response by deploying men to the scene ,along with empty tanker and tow truck to transload the kerosene and take the fallen truck off the road respectively.

Reported by: Fatimah Oyesanmi

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