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Tragedy in Lagos as collapsed building, flood claim six

It was a day of disaster in Lagos as the over 24 hours of heavy downpour wreak havoc at the Mogodo, Aboru and Iyana-Ipaja where a building collapsed and killed four and flood swept away an 11-year-old boy and his rescuer, into a canal linking Aburo and Iyana-Ipaja on Ige Road.
In the tragedy in Magodo a woman, identified as Mrs. Jumiah Utache and her three children Faith(9), Domino(2), and one-year-old Daniel were killed after their house in the Orisha community of the area, collapsed during the heavy downpour today.
The General Manager, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, Femi Oke-Osayintolu, who confirmed the incident, said it happened at number 48, Orisa Street, Magodo Phase One, Isheri Waterfront.
Oke-Osayintolu said the bodies of the deceased mother and children have been recovered and deposited in a morgue. He added that efforts are ongoing to find more people believed to be trapped in the rubble.
However, in the Aburo incident, it was gathered that two young boys sent by their parents to buy cooking gas at a gas station unknowingly fell into the drain through which water flows and were flushed away.
Witnesses told newsreportersng.com that, “Three young men attempted rescuing the boys and succeeded in rescuing the older one, but one of the rescuers popularly known as Wasiu Stubborn was swept away while trying to rescue the other victim.”
A Community Development Association leader in Oki town, Mr Solomon Agboghoroma, regretted the development, blaming the failure of government to construct a bridge in the area for such incidents.
Agboghoroma, who recounted the ordeals of landlords and residents of the area anytime it rained, said that there was the need to expand Aboru road and build a bridge at Cement Bud Stop to forestall recurrence of such tragedy.
“This rain started almost four or five days ago but the one of last night was one of the heaviest and it started at about 2:15 am and by 3:15am, it came with full force and everwhere was flooded.
“At about 7:30 am or 8:00am, we learnt that an OPC member, who was security guard in one of the gas stations here was carried away by flood while trying to rescue two children who came to buy gas, but fell into the drain.
“The gas station had not opened because of the flood as the whole place including the canal had overflowed its banks.
“The children misplaced their legs and the two of them fell inside the gutter. This OPC boy went and rescued one but in the process of rescuing the second child, he and the boy fell into the canal and that was the end,” Agboghoroma said.
He blamed the government for the tragedy, saying that several petitions had been written to successive governments in the state from the time of former Gov. Babatunde Fashola to the last administration of Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode.
“People have been dying in situation like this here and all landlords have tried, including raising almost N4 million for dredging of the canal.
“The government knows what to do when it is ready because this canal contract was award sometime in 2011 or 2012. When we taxed ourselves, Fashola came and commended us and promised palliative and government takeover.
” The government should come and do the bridge as against this culvert that is here. This flat culvert cannot contain water. The government should widening this road and ensure the canal is dug for the peace and safety of residents,” he added.
Mr Suleiman Adedokun, an eye witness and a shop owner beside the canal, told NAN that the rescuer, named “Wasiu Stubborn “, entered the drain to rescue the boy but the flood swept both of them away into the canal.
“Wasiu tried, succeeded in catching the second boy but his effort to come out of the drain proved futile as it was not easy for him due to the force of the water.
“It is the bad road and narrow culvert that caused these deaths because these two children that fell inside the drain didn’t know it was there as water covered everywhere,” Adedokun said.
A furniture maker, Mr Gift Wejem, who decried the tragedy, said that flood had severally swept away furniture, materials, machines and generator whenever the canal overflowed its bank.

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