4 siblings die in building collapse in Lagos

A building has collapsed in Magodo, Lagos, and 4 people including 3 children have been confirmed dead.

A mudslide caused by the heavy downpour of Saturday morning led to the collapse of the building, a bungalow located at Orisha Street, Isheri, Magodo.

The victims; Sylva Odiah, 24; Sayo Odiah,15; Clinton Odiah, 11 and eight year-old Endurance Odiah, belong to the same mother.

The woman has been rushed to Tabasco hospital in the area, The Nation reports.

A resident gave his account of the building accident: “Around 6am, we heard a loud sound. But we did not know that the upper part of another building beside the bungalow has fallen on it.

“Unfortunately, it fell just on the room where Mr. Godwin Odiah’s children were sleeping. The man has seven children but three of them are not around. He was the one who saw it and started screaming for help. He said he was in the bathroom when he heard the sound but did not know that it was in his compound.

“Another building also collapsed again but I don’t know if anyone was killed. Government needs to do something in this area. It is sandy and water logged. I think the incident is not unconnected with the heavy rain and the topography in the area,” said the resident.

The National Emergency Management Agency confirmed the incident through its spokesman for the southwest, Ibrahim Farinloye, who said the collapse was caused by mudslides from the cleavage of a hill beside River Ogun.

“Four persons were recovered dead. The cause of the collapse was the heavy rainfall. Mudslides from the cleavage of a hill beside River Ogun hit the three bedroom flat, unfortunately the room where the deceased were recovered was the one hit by the mudslides.

“Another mudslide fell on one single room building in the area but no one was trapped there.”

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