Many trapped, baby dies as building collapses under heavy rain in Lagos

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A baby has been confirmed dead while several other persons are still trapped as one storey building collapsed at Meiran area of Agbado Oke-Odo Local Council Development Area, LCDA of Lagos State.

Rescue and emergency responders at a collapse building site in Lagos

Rescue and emergency responders at a collapsed building site in Lagos

The one storey building collapsed on Saturday during the heavy downpour in the area.

Many people stayed at home as a result of the restriction due to the local government election as well as the heavy rainfall which started as early as 5.00 a.m.

The baby, whose name could not be immediately ascertained and was earlier rescued alive, has been confirmed dead.

Rescue and emergency agencies are working frantically to rescue people still trapped in the debris.

Officials of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, LASEMA, and others are on the ground to rescue trapped people.

A huge crowd has gathered around the area, while the site of the collapse has been cordoned off.

Meanwhile, an early morning downpour in Lagos brought untold hardships to residents of Surulere and parts of Lekki and Ajah areas of Lagos on Saturday.

The torrential rainfall, which started around 5.00 a.m. left many roads and neighbourhoods flooded.

The flood water also swept some debris in its path, causing some drains and drainage channels to become blocked.

The flooding was noticeable after the rain in areas like Iyana-Ejigbo, NNPC Junction, Ejigbo, Lawanson, Surulere, Isolo Road Junction, Mushin, and at the foot of the Iganmu Interchange, on the Lagos/Badagry expressway.

Miss Mercy Eneli, a resident of Masha, in the Surulere Local Government Area, told our correspondent that her entire street was flooded, while some residents watched helplessly as their household items floated in the water.

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Mr Nelson Eta, who lives at Lawanson, also said that the level of flooding at Ikate in the Itire area was above the knee.

“I walked from Lawanson to Masha and everywhere was absolutely flooded; people were scooping water and no one was really interested or talking about the election.

“My uncle’s house was also flooded, including the dogs’ shelter, which we have never witnessed before.

“We hope the incoming Council Chairman and his Councillors will work to resolve the drainage problems in this area,’’ he said.

Some residents of the flood-prone parts of Surulere were more concerned with the task of salvaging some of their submerged valuables, as some of the cars parked on the streets were also affected, except those on elevated platforms.

At Lekki, a resident, Mrs Comfort Wilson, told our correspondent that “although there is flooding in the area, it is not as serious as that of about two weeks ago, where canoes had to be deployed to some roads, to help residents to be able to move around’’.

By Our Correspondents

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