… As Lebanon minister says 6 dies in Tripoli boat capsizing***
No few than six members of the Deeper Life Bible Church, located at Iragbo community in Badagry, Lagos state, were injured on Sunday, sustaining serious degrees of injuries when the building of the Church collapsed during heavy storm while the service was in progress.
The newsmen report that heavy rain which was later followed by a heavy storm led to the collapse of the Church building around 9:30 a.m.
One of the members of the Church who was also a victim, Mr. Topohozin Tunde, told newsmen that six members of the church sustained serious injuries.
“I also sustained a serious knee injury, but thank God no life was lost.
“Just around 9:30 this morning, during the church service, there was a heavy storm which hit the church building, and before we could know what was happening, the whole church building collapsed.
“Some were able to escape, while about six of us sustained serious injuries,” he said.
Tunde said medical attention was given to them, but they were not given proper treatment because no medical doctor was available at the hospital.
“Those that were seriously injured were taken to the General Hospital in Badagry for proper attention.
“Since my injury is not much, I decided to take care of myself,” he said.
Also speaking, Chief Thoma Agodi, the Baale of the Iragbo community, said he was inside his palace when a resident came to inform him that the church building had collapsed.
“We have to thank God that there is no fatality as a result of the collapse,” he said.
In another development, six people died when a boat capsized off the Lebanese coast of Tripoli overnight, including at least one child, Lebanese Transport Minister, Ali Hamie, told Reuters.
The small dinghy carrying around 60 people sunk off the coat on Saturday night with both Lebanese and Syrians aboard.
Hamie told Reuters that a young girl’s body was retrieved on Saturday night and that the army had recovered another five on Sunday morning.
The army had previously said the vessel had left the coast illegally.
In a press conference on Sunday, it said naval forces had crashed into the dinghy as the smuggler in charge tried to evade the military.
“The Lebanese military saved at least 47 people, but we don’t know how many more are missing because we don’t know the total number of those aboard,’’ said Hamie.
Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati announced a national day of mourning on Monday.
Lebanon’s economic crisis has seen the local currency lose more than 90 per cent of its value and pushed waves of Lebanese as well as Syrian refugees to try the dangerous sea journey to Europe on small dinghies.
Lebanese citizen Kassem al-Zoeibi, whose relatives survived the accident, said they had tried to flee Lebanon out of desperation.
“Why did they choose this way? It is because there is no way but this way,’’ he told Reuters.
The United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator for Lebanon, Najat Rochdi, expressed her condolences on Sunday and said UN agencies were on the ground to help.
“It’s horrific to see deprivation still pushing people to take a perilous journey across the seas, sacrificing their lives and that of their children in search of a dignified life,’’ Rochdi posted on Twitter.