Collapsing three-Storey building kills two on Lagos Island

  • As Moscow storm in high winds kills 11 killed in Russian capital

A collapsing three-storey building on the Lagos Island yesterday killed two persons, even as spirited efforts of sympathizers resulted in the rescue of 14 others.

According to eye witnesses who highlighted that the sad event occurred at 7. 26 am on Daddy Alaja Street, Oke Arin, also revealed that the casualties were  yet to be identified  but a man and a woman were pulled out of the debris dead.

The MARITIME FIRST learnt that while an official reason was yet to be offered, neighborhood watch and residents said the building had shown signs of weaknesses, upon which the owner embarked on reinforcing rehabilitation efforts, only that the effort started too late and too little.

“Those with serious ones were taken to the General Hospital on Lagos Island,” an eye witness disclosed, adding that the officials of LASEMA, NEMA, Fire Service and the Police Force all participated in the rescue efforts and the retrieval of the bodies from the debris.

The spokesman of the Lagos State Police Command, ASP Olarinde Famous-Cole, confirmed the incident, even though he declined to speak on casualty figures.

Three buildings located at Ilasamaja, Ebute-Metta and Lagos Island had similarly suffered same fate in the past three months, killing at least, five persons.

In the meantime, at least 11 people died when a severe thunderstorm hit the Russian capital Moscow, health officials say.

Hundreds of trees were toppled by the storm, and more than 50 people sought medical help.

Reports say that electrical cables were damaged as Moscow was lashed with high winds, hail and torrential rain.

The winds of up to 110 km/h (70 mph) were described by meteorologists as extremely rare for the city, and caused structural damage to buildings.

If the death toll of 11 is confirmed – and some officials give a lower figure – it would be the deadliest storm in the city for more than 100 years.

The city’s investigative committee said that “hurricane winds” had caused trees to fall in various parts of the city, killing five pedestrians.

An elderly man was also killed at a bus stop, it said. TASS news agency says that 69 people have been injured.

Two people were killed after a tree fell onto their summer house, Interfax reported.

Delays had been reported on some metro lines but normal service appears to have resumed.

Tourist Frank Davis, from Newfoundland in Canada, was caught in heavy traffic in Moscow as the “dramatic storm” struck.

“The sky darkened noticeably and the winds were extremely strong…. with debris flying around from all directions,” he told the BBC.

Moscow’s Mayor, Sergei Sobyanin tweeted: “My condolences to the friends and family of those killed.”

Teams were busy trying to clear fallen trees from the city’s streets.

“We reacted quickly and are recovering now,” said Gulnara Shakirova, a community service assistant.

“Many good trees, not old ones, were brought down. We are trying to remove all the trees before night falls.”

Photos circulating on social media show fallen trees blocking roads and a large roadside advertising board crushing parked cars.

A video also shows strong winds tearing apart the roof of a covered tennis centre in Zhulebino district.

Russian President Vladimir Putin is in Versailles, near Paris, where he has been holding talks with French President Emmanuel Macron.

Additional report from BBC