12 Dead, 43 Rescued From Collapsed School Building In Lagos

Yesterday, Wednesday 13th March, started as a good day but ended as a black day. A three storey building, located on Mercy Street, Lagos Island, housing Ita-Faji schools, a nursery/primary/secondary school collapsed, killing many students and entrapping more as well as teachers.

The official report from Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), says

Situation Report on the collapsed building on Mercy Street, Ita-Faaji Lagos Island.

The incident occurred at about 10.30 am today regarding a three story building that collapsed at the above address. The search and rescue operation is presently ongoing with so many victims rescued alive from the collapsed building, through combined efforts of LASEMA and other emergency responders, such as the Lagos State Ambulance Service, Lagos State Fire Service, Lagos State Building Control Agency, Federal Fire Service. Others includes National Emergency Management Agency, Nigeria Police Force, Rapid Response Squad, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps. Nigeria Red Cross Society, Lagos State Neighborhood and Safety Corps.

The exercise is being coordinated by the General Manager Lagos State Emergency Management Agency Mr. Adesina Tiamiyu with the deployment of heavy and light rescue equipments from LASEMA and its stakeholders.

Adebayo Kehinde
Public Affairs Unit

Meanwhile, eyewitnesses at the scene, reported that the building was marked twice for demolition by the authorities, but somehow was still standing and running its business, until the eventual collapse.

As at yesterday evening, several number of casualties were being bandied around. But WakeUpAfrica360 can authoritatively tell you that it was 100 kids that was the projected figure of children trapped inside the building before it collapsed.

However, over 43 were rescued alive, while 12 are reported to have died. The rescued ones are receiving treatment at the General Hospital, Lagos Island.

WakeUpAfrica360, will write more about this tragic incident as it unfolds..

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