The top floor of a three storey primary school building has collapsed in Lagos, trapping many pupils as many others are feared to be dead.
According to reports, the school building situated on the third floor of an apartment building in Mercy Street, Ita-Faji, Lagos Island collapsed today at around 12:00 pm.
Meanwhile, officials of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) and other rescue officials have been informed and they are currently on the site.
So far, 27 pupils have been rescued while more are still trapped as rescue officials continue moving out the wreckages.
Speaking in a statement, the spokesperson of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, LASEMA, Adebayo Kehinde informed that many of the pupils have been brought out alive and that LASEMA is working in collaboration with other agencies in a combined effort to rescue those that are still trapped.
“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,” Adebayo said.
“Others include the 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 equipment from LASEMA and its stakeholders.”
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