Abuja High-Rise Building Collapses, Others Trapped, Dozens Feared Killed

by Mercy Ulasi

About 37 people were killed and several more were trapped on Wednesday when a multi-story building collapsed along Lagos Street in Garki, Abuja.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency confirmed the occurrence and reported that while 37 individuals were saved, two of them died as a result of their injuries.
Dr. Abbass Idriss, the Director General of FEMA, stated in a brief statement on Thursday morning that rescue operations were still ongoing in cooperation with other rescue organizations and that all 37 rescued people had been brought to various Abuja medical institutions.

“37 persons were rescued alive, while 2 others were fatally injured. Meanwhile, FEMA Search and Rescue team are awaiting excavators to intensify the search to ensure that no victim is left in the rubble of the collapsed building”.

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“A combined team of the FCT Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Federal Road Safety Corps,(FRSC),FCT Police Command, and the VIO are on the ground to carry out the rescue efforts”.
An eyewitness who was at the scene confirmed to an online platform (not The PUNCH) that the building housed many apartments, while the ground floor was full of shops.


He said the building collapsed during the downpour which started around 11 pm on Wednesday.
According to him, “There was wailing all over the place after the building collapsed. Dozens of people are either dead or trapped as the building is fully occupied.
“It was a scene of helplessness with people screaming and going helter-skelter, while the heavy rain continues,” he added.

As of the time of filing this report, officials of emergency agencies were yet to arrive at the scene of the incident.


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