A two story shopping complex located at the ever-busy Lagos Street in Garki village area of Garki II district of Abuja.
It was gathered that the building collapsed during the heavy downpour, which started around 11:50pm late Wednesday night.
It building collapsed during the heavy downpour, which started around 11:50pm late Wednesday night.
So far 37 persons were rescued alive, while 2 others were fatally injured. Meanwhile, 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”.
Confirming the incident, the Federal Emergency Management Authority said that 37 people had been rescued, while two were fatally injured.
The Director General of FEMA, Dr Abbass Idriss, in a quick release on Thursday morning, said the 37 rescued persons had all been taken to various medical facilities in Abuja, and that rescue efforts were ongoing, in collaboration with other rescue agencies.
A combined team of the FCT Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Federal Road Safety Corps,(FRSC),FCT Police Command, and the VIO are on the ground to carry out the rescue efforts”.
An eyewitness who was at the scene confirmed that the building housed many apartments, while the ground floor was full of shops.
The DG commended the efforts of all stakeholders working hard manually to reduce trapped persons, including members of the community.
He revealed that officials of emergency agencies were yet to arrive at the scene of the incident.