A three-storey building under construction has collapsed in the Ilasa area of Lagos state, leaving many, especially workers, trapped.
He confirmed that a small church which was close to the collapsed building was not affected, but the building had to be pulled down, to enable the rescue operators to have access to the affected building.
"We rescued 19 persons, including a teenager, while the right limb of one of those rescued alive from the wreckage was chopped off".
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The LASEMA boss added that " On getting to the scene of incident it was reveal that an uncompleted building at no 6, Richard Abimbola street collapsed while unknown number of labourers were doing their various works at different areas".
Already, some of the 16 survivors have either been treated by the agency's medical team and Lagos State Ambulance Service (LASAMBUS) or were rushed to the hospital depending on the severity of their injuries.
"Further investigation revealed that the building collapsed at around 2p.m".
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Rescue workers and emergency officials are continuing to search the ruins of the building.
The three-storey building, which collapsed around 2 pm, had 22 people trapped in it.
The National Emergency Management Agency and Lagos state Fire Service are now at the scene of the incident.
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