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LASEMA confirms death of two children in Lagos building collapse

Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, LASEMA, has confirmed the death of two yet-to-be identified children after they were trapped beneath the rubble of a storey-building which collapsed on Wednesday in the Gafari Balogun area of Ogudu, Lagos State.

Releasing details of the incident, the Director-General of LASEMA, Olufemi Oke Osanyintolu, said the building collapsed due to mudslide resulting from a downpour.

He stated that the victims were children, adding that their corpses had been recovered.

“The LASEMA Response Team received a distress call at 12.40 pm about the collapse of a one storey building on the Gafari Balogun Street in Ogudu.

“On arrival at the scene, the agency’s responders observed that the building collapsed as a result of a mudslide at the rear of the building which was caused by heavy rainfall.

“The agents were informed that two children, one male, and one female were trapped and immediately commenced a search and rescue operation. Unfortunately, they were found dead and their remains had been transported to the mortuary.

“Integrity testing will be carried out for the remainder of the building which has now been cordoned off,” LASEMA boss said.

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