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Building Collapses In Jos, ‘Many Trapped’

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Many residents were on Monday, July 15, trapped after a three-story building collapsed in Jos, Plateau state capital.

Yaahoo Journalist reports that the collapsed three-story building, which houses a pharmacy and a public toilet, is located at Butcher lane, off Dilimi street in Jos north local government area of the state.

No fewer than six people have reportedly been evacuated from the collapsed building and taken to the Bingham University Teaching Hospital, Jos, for medical treatment.

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A combined team of the Nigeria Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), the Red Cross and security agencies are currently carrying out a rescue operation.

The acting managing director, Jos Metropolitan Development Board (JMDB), Kefas Yilrwang, said lack of equipment is hampering the rescue operation.

Yilrwang also said the absence of the facility had compelled operatives to conduct the rescue work manually.

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The JMDB Managing Director also said that the operation was not well organised as many people in the neighborhood were trooping to the scene of the incident to rescue people that were trapped in rubbles.

“Everyone wants to help and the whole place is jam-packed, making it difficult for rescuing agents to perform their duties,” he said.

However, Yilrwang said the operation would continue till the following day.

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