Firefighters and other emergency services worked through the night to find anyone still trapped inside a collapsed 3-storey building house in the Ita Faaji area of Lagos Island collapsed.
Among the victims is a woman, who called his brother that she was still trapped.
She told her brother that the caterpillar was on their floor, pleading that it should be moved back
“I am under the caterpillar. Help tell the driver to move back,” the victim under the rubble told her troubled brother.
Red Cross, others appeal for blood for victims
It was earlier reported that there was shortage of blood in General Hospital (read here). The Nigerian Red Cross (NRC) has appealed for blood donations for victims of the collapsed building on Lagos Island.
Mr Olakunle Lasisi, Secretary of NRC, Lagos made the appeal in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday in Lagos.
Publication trending on social media to appeal to the public for blood donations
Speaking on the hashtags #DonateForItafaji and #savetheitafajichildren trending on social media, to solicit for blood donations from the public, he said Red Cross would partake in the exercise.
Lasisi added that he spoke with the Lagos State Blood Transfusion Service on Wednesday, and confirmed that the information was true.
“They said, yes, they are aware of it.
“It was launched by the MD of the General Hospital, so they can have enough blood in the bank to assist the casualties of the collapsed building.
Search Ends In The Collapsed Building
Emergency services on Thursday said they had called off the search for survivors of a building collapse that killed nine in Nigeria’s biggest city, Lagos, as anger mounted over dilapidated property and unscrupulous owners.
The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) said;
“We have gotten to ground zero,” added Kehinde Adebayo, spokesman for the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency. “The debris has been cleared.
“All those trapped have been evacuated and the rescue operation has ended,” he told AFP. Final casualty figures were still being compiled and would be announced later, he said.
NEMA has said that 37 people were rescued alive.
Some of the injured pupils in the building collapse at Ita-faji, Lagos Island, on Wednesday are in stable condition and still receiving adequate medical attention in some hospitals in Lagos.
A visit by the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) Correspondent to the General Hospitals in Marina and Gbagada in Lagos, on Thursday, showed that some of the patients had been stabilised, while others were still being attended to.
Names of the patients in stable condition had been posted at the General Hospital on Wednesday for easy identification of the victims by their relatives.
Relations of some the victims expressed gratitude to God for the survival of their children, thanking the medical team for their care. They told NAN on condition of anonymity that their loved ones had been stabilised and were receiving the needed treatment.
See photos from the rescue operation and site of the collapsed building below.