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Rescue Operations Set to Resume: Hope Rises for Trapped Victims in Abuja Building Collapse

The Federal Fire Service has announced that rescue operations will recommence at the site of the four-storey building collapse in Dape, Life Camp, Abuja, on Tuesday morning at 8 a.m. This decision was reached after all the agencies involved unanimously agreed to resume the rescue efforts, according to Mr. Emeribe David, a Superintendent of Fire who spoke to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) at the disaster site.The collapsed building, reportedly a hotel under construction, crumbled around 4 p.m. on Monday, trapping an undisclosed number of workers. David, leading the team of firemen at the scene, stated that the fire service received a distress call at approximately 4 p.m. and arrived at the location within 15 minutes.Collaborating with other agencies, David’s team diligently worked to save the lives of those caught in the wreckage. Among the agencies involved were the FCT Emergency Management Agency, Federal Road Safety Corps, National Emergency Management Agency, as well as various security agencies.”When we received the distress call, our fire truck and ambulance crew were immediately dispatched to the scene to assess the situation and provide assistance,” David remarked. He also mentioned that the exact number of individuals trapped within the collapsed structure remains unknown, but it is a matter they intend to ascertain once rescue operations resume in the morning.Prior to this update, Dr. Abass Idris, the Director-General of FEMA, informed journalists that nine individuals had been successfully rescued as of 7:44 p.m.Following the conclusion of the day’s rescue efforts, the agencies involved in the operation decided to close the site at around 10 p.m. Security officials have been deployed to safeguard the area throughout the night.


Ademola Adeyemi

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