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High-rise building collapse claims 2 lives, 40 evacuated in Abuja, NEMA team on ground

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A tragic incident unfolded on Wednesday as a two-story building located on Lagos Street in Garki, Abuja, collapsed, resulting in the loss of an estimated 37 people rescued with two fatally injured. while leaving numerous individuals trapped under the wreckage.

“So far 37 persons have so far been evacuated to Hospital, Two ‘Fatally injured’. Others reportedly still trapped,” wrote one Ikharo Attah on his Facebook page with video footage.

“A two-story building in Garki 2, Lagos Street, collapsed at approximately 11:30 pm last night. Around 40 individuals have been rescued by emergency response teams, but there are still some individuals trapped.

“The rescue operation is currently in progress,” according to National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA).

Rescuers at the scene of incident
Rescuers at the scene of incident

An individual who witnessed the distressing scene and provided an account to an online platform confirmed that the building accommodated multiple apartments, while the ground floor was home to various shops.

Reports indicate that the building’s collapse coincided with a heavy downpour that commenced around 11 p.m. on Wednesday.

READ ALSO: Many people trapped under collapse building in Yaba area of Lagos

The eyewitness described the aftermath, stating, “The collapse of the building was met with cries and distress throughout the area. A significant number of individuals are either deceased or ensnared within the debris, given the building’s full occupancy.”

“The scene was fraught with a sense of helplessness, with people in disarray seeking refuge from the heavy rainfall,” the witness further shared.

As of the time of reporting, the emergency response team of NEMA and other agencies are already on the ground to supervise the evacuation of injured persons and clear debris from the scene of the accident.

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