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Two Confirms Dead, 37 Rescued, Dozens Trapped In Abuja Plaza Collapse

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has confirmed that at least two persons died, 37 rescued, scores trapped after two-story plaza collapsed in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital, on the night of Wednesday, 23, August, 2023 at Lagos Street in the Garki Village area of Garki District.

The Director General of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Dr. Abbass Iddriss, confirmed the sad development to newsmen in Abuja.

Idris, who said 37 people have so far been rescued at the scene of the collapsed structure, added that the affected persons have been evacuated to various medical facilities in Abuja. He further confirmed that two people were fatally injured.

 “37 people have so far been rescued and evacuated to hospitals; others are reportedly still trapped.”

“The rescue team and others are on the ground. Rescue operations are on but slowly due to ongoing rain”.

“They are making frantic efforts at getting an excavator to remove people from the rubble”, FEMA DG added.

While commending the efforts of all stakeholders working hard manually to rescue trapped people, including members of the community, Iddriss revealed that rescue missions have continued while they await the arrival of equipment to enhance operations.


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