CITIZENS COMPASS – NO fewer than 37 persons were rescued when a two-storey building collapsed at Lagos street, Garki Village, Garki District in Abuja. .
It was gathered that the building collapsed on Wednesday night amid downpour.
Two of the victims were said to be “fatally injured” injured while some were trapped.
It was learnt that rescue operations was slow overnight as there was no immediate access to an excavator and rescue efforts were purely manual.
Confirming the incident, Director General of FCT Emergency Management Agency FEMA, Dr Abbas Idriss said 37 persons had so far been rescued at the scene of the collapsed structure.
He said the victims have been evacuated to various medical facilities in Abuja.
“Thirty Seven persons have so far been rescued and evacuated to hospital, others reportedly still trapped. Rescue team and others are on ground. Rescue operations on but slowly due to ongoing rain”. They are making frantic efforts at getting an excavator to remove people from the rubble”, he added.
The DG commended the efforts of all stakeholders working hard manually to rescue trapped persons, including members of the community.
He revealed that rescue mission continues while they await the arrival of equipment to enhance the operations at the scene of the Abuja plaza collapse.