At least eight bodies have been recovered from the rubbles of a collapsed four-storey building on Lagos Island. Zainab Balogun, Ademola Taiwo, Olayiwola Sikiru and Lawal Mabolaje are some of the casualties emergency rescuers found on Wednesday while 15 others are being treated for the injuries they sustained in the incident.
An emergency official said the collapsed building was originally a bungalow built about 40 years ago, according to PUNCH.
“The house was a bungalow built about 40 years ago. After some years, another floor was added and it went on like that until it reached four storeys,” the unnamed official allegedly said.
Adesina Tiamiyu, LASEMA General Manager, said some corpses have been released to their relatives for burial while the others have been deposited in the Ikorodu General Hospital mortuary.
“Rescue operation has been put on hold until further investigation,” Tiamiyu stated.
Also, Ibrahim Farinloye, the spokesperson for National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA South-West zone, said the vibration of a generator beside the “heavy mast partly led to the building collapse.”
He said, “According to investigation, any time the generator was on, the vibration affected the building. We are still waiting for the Lagos State Building Control Agency to carry out its investigation.
“The buildings near the collapsed one also look dilapidated and there is the need for integrity test to be carried out on them. When you build a house, there must be a three-metre distance from the fence and the next building must also leave the same distance. Between the two houses, there must be six metres separation, but that was not done in this case.”
Farinloye added that the change in the climate required that a building should be renovated every 10 or 20 years as a result of the volume of the rainfall.