No fewer than four persons, including three children were on Saturday morning confirmed dead, after another building collapsed in Lagos.
The building, a bungalow located at Orisha Street, Isheri, Magodo caved in during a heavy rainfall.
Their names were given as Sylva Odiah, 24; Sayo Odiah,15; Clinton Odiah, 11 and eight year-old Endurance Odiah.
The deceased were said to be siblings from the same mother, who was said to have collapsed and was rushed to a nearby hospital.
It was learnt that Mayflower Hospital, where the mother of seven was initially taken to rejected her because ‘there was no card,’ before she was eventually rushed to Tabasco Hospital.
According to a resident, the bungalow did not collapse by itself. “Around 6am, we heard a loud sound. But we did not know that the upper part of another building beside the bungalow has fallen on it.
“Unfortunately, it fell just on the room where Mr. Godwin Odiah’s children were sleeping. The man has seven children but three of them are not around.
“He was the one who saw it and started screaming for help. He said he was in the bathroom when he heard the sound but did not know that it was in his compound.
“Another building also collapsed again but I don’t know if anyone was killed.
“Government needs to do something in this area. It is sandy and water logged. I think the incident is not unconnected with the heavy rain and the topography in the area,” said the resident.
At the time of filing this report, emergency workers comprising the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), the Lagos State Fire Service, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) and the police were on ground to manage the situation.
Confirming the incident, NEMA’s spokesman for the southwest, Ibrahim Farinloye said the collapse was caused by mudslides from the cleavage of a hill beside River Ogun.
He said: “Four persons were recovered dead. The cause of the collapse was the heavy rainfall.
“Mudslides from the cleavage of a hill beside River Ogun hit the three bedroom flat, unfortunately the room where the deceased were recovered was the one hit by the mudslides.
“Another mudslide fell on one single room building in the area but no one was trapped there.”