Death Toll Now 49 In Synagogue Building Collapse

As rescue efforts continues at site of the collapsed building within the Synagogue Church of All Nations in Ikotun, Lagos, five more bodies have been recovered. This brought the number deaths so far recovered to 49.

The additional bodies were recovered on Monday by men of the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, LASEMA, Rapid Respond Squad and Lagos State Fire Service.

NEMA South West spokesperson, Ibrahim Farinloye, said the rescue efforts will continue today until they have certified that nobody, whether dead or alive, was trapped under the rubbles.

Farinloye also said sniffer dogs were deployed to help in identifying any location of possible trapped bodies.

“We are deploying Nigeria Police sniffer dogs to assist in locating trapped victims as we are getting close to areas suspected to have more people trapped.

“The Commissioner of Police has ordered release of five dogs after a collective decision to use dogs by responding agencies and NEMA asked the Police’ Disaster Management Unit to facilitate to manage the dogs immediately.

“The dogs will assist in search and rescue faster and help in early conclusion of the operations,” he said.

Another report said parents of a three-year-old girl rescued from the site of the collapsed building were yet to be found up till Monday.

The girl, who is currently receiving treatment at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH), Ikeja, was yet to be claimed by her parents or any guardian.

Consultant and Head of the Surgical Emergency Department of the hospital, Ibrahim Mustapha, said though the girl was fit to be discharged, she cannot go home as her parents or any guardian was yet to come and claim her.

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