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Building collapse, flood kill 9 in Lagos

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TWO persons were killed with many injured when another building collapsed in Onipanu area of Lagos State, yesterday.

  The building was located along Oke Arin Street, off Shyllon Street in the Ilupeju neighbourhood.

  An eyewitness said the incident happened around 1.07 pm when many occupants of the building were inside doing one thing or another.

  The source also said the building’s location is around the railway line that passes through Onipanu.

  He said some family members were lucky to escape unhurt because they ran away when they started hearing heavy shrieking from their apartment.

  Confirming the incident, Permanent Secretary, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), Dr. Oluwafemi Oke-Osanyintolu said he could not provide official death toll as rescue efforts are still going on and more people who were missing or feared dead by their relations and neighbours may still be rescued alive from the rubbles.

  But many sympathisers who thronged the scene of the destruction lament the recurrent space of building collapse in Lagos in environs, recalling that only two weeks ago, a three-storey building came crashing down with over 10 occupants killed and many more sustaining various degrees of injuries.

Some of the occupants were also seen rummaging in the debris in search of their belongings.

  In another development, seven persons, including three siblings, have been confirmed dead in the flooding resulting from the two-day rainfall that rocked Lagos on Friday and Saturday.

  The siblings were identified as Michael, 18years; Elizabeth 17 and Timi, 14.

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  The incident occurred at Oke Isagun, Agbado Oke, in the Alimosho Local Government Area of the state.

  Two of the dead bodies had been recovered from a similar incident at Oyatoki, in the Orile-Agege area of the state.

  A statement issued yesterday by Lagos Territorial Head of the National Emergency Management Agency (LATSMA), Ibrahim Farinloye, gave the figure.

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