Photos: Building Collapsed On Lagos Island, 7 Rescued, Others Trapped

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Oct 21, 2015 – Pictures: Building Collapsed On Lagos Island, 7 Rescued, Others Trapped

A 3-storey building came down in the early hours of today on Lagos Island.

According to NEMA officials, the dilapidated building located at Odunfa Street crumbled around 10 am this morning, trapping many residents.

As at the time of this report, 7 people have been rescued alive.

Rescuers are still working to free others trapped beneath the rubble.

Survivors have been taken to Sura Health center for treatment.

4 thoughts on “Photos: Building Collapsed On Lagos Island, 7 Rescued, Others Trapped

  1. What may have cause this collapse,it could be structural defect.I pray no life should be lost in this building collapse,we have had enough.

  2. I don’t understand what’s wrong with our housing department. They should have put some fake contractors in prison for endangering lifes of innocent people. Some conmen will present themselves as developers doing what they knew nothing about. I can assure you while looking at the above pictures that the reason why that building collapsed was as a result of addition of another storey building to the existing one. This is a wrong concept from any would be developer/ unqualified engineer who approved that plan. The existing foundation for that building was designed for one storey building not 3 storeys. Any additional load to that foundation may result to stressing the existing foundation thereby results in building collapsing and it can never support 3 storeys. Now let us educate ourselves a little bit because this is what I do for living. I may be able to save people’s life by sharing idea through this forum. In developed Countries, if you want to add another floor level to your existing house, it has to go through an engineer who will redesign that plan and also the Geothechnical engineer will conduct soil exploration around that building to determine if the soil condition of that foundation will be capable of supporting the foundation. If these two engineer approve it. Then that modification plan will be submitted to the authority. That implies that if anything goes wrong, those engineer will be sued. What the engineers normally do is to design another foundation known as Underpinning that will be extended beyond the previous foundation and terminate the previous one at a point. Then the new foundation is capable to support 3 storeys building. Another thing is about our law. We don’t have law in Nigeria otherwise government would have put up a stiff measure to punish whomever responsible for building crubling. Enough of this self created catastrophe. Let us have a plan in place to save people from avoidable death.

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