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Two dead, 37 rescued from collapsed Abuja building

The Federal Capital Territory Emergency Management Agency (FCT FEMA) has confirmed the collapse of a two-storey building on Wednesday night, at Lagos Street, Garki village, Abuja.

The agency’s spokeswoman, Nkechi Isa, said in a statement on Thursday, that 37 people were rescued alive, while two others were fatally wounded.

A rescue operation was ongoing to search for more victims, said FEMA.

The statement added that a combined team of the FCT FEMA, Federal Road Safety Corps and FCT police command were on the ground to rescue and evacuate victims.

“The two-storey building, which serves both residential and commercial purposes collapsed on Wednesday night. FCT FEMA Search and Rescue Team are awaiting excavators to intensify the search to ensure that no victim is left in the rubble of the collapsed building,” said the statement.

The agency’s director-general, Abbass Iddriss, commended the efforts of all stakeholders, including members of the community working hard manually to rescue people trapped in the debris.


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