LASEMA responds to flood emergencies
It was tragic day yesterday in Lagos as the early morning downpour claimed the lives of a 30-year-old mother and her two-year-old daughter.
The woman and her daughter were simply identified as Basirat and Bisoye respectively.
The daughter was initially rescued but later died, while another daughter, identified as Moyin, 5, was rescued after some hours.
This is even as the General Manager, Lagos Building Control Agency (LASBCA), Olalekan Shodeinde, blamed the incident on violation of the building law, saying that, the ill-fated shop in front of the building was criminally converted to a storey build-ing. He lamented that the landlord was cutting corners and converted space meant for a car park to a shop and was still building on the shop again.
The tragic incident occurred at about 11:48 am on No 7 Saidu Okeleji Street, Alaro Street Meran Abule Egba.
For hours, LASEMAnse Unit and the Fire Unit, Lagos State Fire Services, Nigerian Police Force, LASAMBUS, RRS and Red Cross had hectic time removing the remains of the trapped victims.
It was learnt that they ran away from the downpour and were doing home chores under the structure still under completion when the building caved in. Speaking on the incident, the General Manager LASEMA, Mr Adesina Tiamiyu, also said that investigation conducted by the agency at the scene of the incident revealed that an existing uncompleted bungalow under construction with sand and concrete block seen on the deck suddenly caved in with three people trapped under the rubble.
He said: “The prompt response by emergency responders led to the rescue of a five-year-old girl identified as Moyin, who was immediately moved to the General Hospital Ikeja by the Lagos State Ambulance Service, while two persons, 30 year old mother, identified as Basirat, and another daughter, identified as Bisoye, were both recovered dead and move to the mortuary by the State Environmental Monitoring Health Monitoring Unit SEHMU.
Speaking on the incident, LASBCA boss, Shodeinde said that, the landlord had not only violated building laws in the state but also used substandard materials in developing the substandard structure. And in a related development, the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency yesterday responded to flood related emergency calls across the state.