Lagos Collapsed Building: 10 death Confirmed, 50 injured

Lagos: Collapsed Building Disaster:

Pic.9. A child being rescued from the scene of a building, which collapsed at Itafaji on the Lagos Island on Wednesday (13/3/19).
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About 10 people among them Primary school pupils, have lost their lives following the collapsed of a three-storey building at Dagara, street, Ita Faaji, Lagos Island.

About 50 others injured have been rushed to the Lagos Island General Hospital.

More people are still trapped under the debris with rescue operators, making efforts for evacuation.

The topmost floor of the three storey building was occupied by Ohel Nursery and Primary school, with a penthouse on it.

The school had about 100 pupils as at the time of the incident.

While the first floor was purely residential, the ground floor was for residential and commercial purposes. The first, second and penthouse, as gathered, caved in at about 10.30am, burying the pupils, staff and residents.

Youths in the area were said to have commenced evacuation work before the arrival of rescue operators.

Reports say the collapsed building and about 15 others on Dagara and Massey streets had earlier been marked for demolition by the Lagos State Government.

Residents alleged that each time government officials came; owners of the affected buildings would give them money ranging from N30, 000 to N150, 000, depending on the number of floors, to prevent their buildings from being demolished.

Thereafter, owners of the buildings would repaint them to erase the red mark on it.

Governor Ambode who visited the scene sympathized with those affected by the tragedy.

He said that integrity tests had been conducted on other buildings in the area, to ascertain whether they were habitable, threatening that any building that failed the test would have the necessary action taken on it.

On the part of the state government, he said it would take care of the hospital bills of those admitted.

Update Ethiopia Crash; CAF Match Commisioner Among Victims.

Caf Match Commissioner : 

The Confederation of African Football CAF, has reported the death of one of its match commissioners. He is Kenya’s Hussein Swaleh. 

The Kenyan who was one of the victims of the ill-fated Ethiopian Airlines plane that crashed on Sunday morning on its way from Addis Ababa to Nairobi. Swaleh, was a former Kenya Football Federation Secretary General. 

He was returning from CAF Champions League match involving Egyptian side Ismailia and DRC’s TP Mazembe played on Friday in Cairo, where He was the match commissioner.

He was among the 157 aboard of the aircraft which had Kenya as the most affected of the 33 countries that lost citizens in the ill-fated flight. In all, there were 32 Kenyans aboard the flight which was reportedly piloted by an experienced Ethiopian-born Kenyan, Captain Yared Mulugeta.

Ethiopian Airlines Group CEO Tewolde Gebremariam remarked that the pilot was a senior pilot, who had been flying the same plane since November 2007. His first officer had several flight hours under his belt too.

The cause of the crash which took place around Bishoftu, formerly known as Debre-Zeit was yet to be ascertained.

The plane’s identification details were given as B-737-800MAX, registration ET-AVJ.

The aircraft left Bole International Airport in the Ethiopian capital at 8.38am local time and lost contact six minutes later.

The Boeing 737-800MAX is the same type of plane as the Indonesian Lion Air jet that crashed last October, 13 minutes after takeoff from Jakarta, killing all 189 people on board.

The last major accident involving an Ethiopian Airlines passenger plane was a Boeing 737-800 that exploded after taking off from Lebanon in 2010, killing 83 passengers and seven crew.

Ethiopia Air Disaster: Flight Blackbox Recovered.

Ethiopia Airlines Crash update: 

Rescue teams combing through the wreckage on Monday of the Ethiopian Airlines aircraft that crashed in Bishoftu, Ethiopia, have found the plane’s black box.

Retrieval efforts have been complicated at the crash site due to inaccessibility and the impact with which the plane hit the ground, scattering debris across a large area.

The retrieved plane’s black box will help investigators understand what may have caused the crash, with early indicators showing that the plane lost contact with the control tower six minutes after take-off.

The impact of the crash has created a 10-meter deep pit and 50 meters in diameter, and wreckage strewn all over the area.

The Boeing 737-800 MAX, ET302 aircraft crashed on Sunday morning, just minutes after take-off from the Addis Ababa Bole International Airport, killing all 149 passengers and eight crew members on board. The plane was heading to Nairobi, Kenya.

Ethiopia have declared One day of national mourning while Officials from the Airlines have appealed to the China Railway Seventh Group Co. Ltd., working on a project nearby, to help with the search, as the area is difficult to access.

The China Railway Seventh Group is a subsidiary of the construction conglomerate, China Railway Group Limited.

Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed said that information received from technical experts investigating the crash will be communicated promptly to the public.

Ethiopian Airlines meanwhile has suspended the use of all Boeing 737-800 MAX in its fleet as a precautionary measure.

3-Day Mourning For 10 Brazilian Young Footballers Burnt

A 3-day mourning has been declared in Rio as investigators seek to determine the cause of the fire that killed 10 teenage footballers at the training centre of the city’s Flamengo football club on Friday. It is the worst tragedy to happen to the club in its 123 years.

The city said in a statement that the area burned was registered for parking, not as a dormitory, and that an investigation into the licensing process was underway.

Samuel Barbosa, a 16-year-old player who survived the fire, told Globo TV news that a lot of smoke had filled the dorm.

Latin America’s largest nation suffers from shoddy infrastructure, often exacerbated by lax oversight of construction and endemic corruption.

The Associated Press reported that the victims included goalkeeper Christian, 15, a regular in Brazil’s youth teams and who already attracted the attention of several top European clubs.

Defender Pablo, 14, had been with Flamengo since last year and his cousin, Werley, was already playing professionally with rival Vasco da Gama. Forward Athila, 14, had joined Flamengo from the same academy where Atlético Madrid striker Costa played as a teenager before thriving internationally.

Júnior had lived in the same complex that was destroyed on Friday before Real Madrid bought him for nearly $51m less than two years.

Flamengo is perhaps the most famous club in the country, with an estimated 40 million fans nationwide. 

Among the most famous players who came through the club are Ronaldinho, Zico and Adriano.

Flamingo Club Fire:  10 youth footballers have been burnt to death when fire razed a dormitory at the youth team training centre of one of Brazil’s biggest football Clubs Flamengo football club, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Reports say Three other people were also injured when the fire broke out at the Ninho de Urubu, the training ground of The club.

The fire reportedly broke out as players were sleeping. The cause is not yet known.

Flamengo is one of Brazil’s biggest and best-known clubs.

None of the victims has been identified but players aged between 14 and 17 are known to have used the dormitory.

Major Party Member Assassinated In Pakistan

Syed Ali Raza Abidi, A senior member of a major Pakistani political party has been shot dead, outside his home in Karachi on Christmas Day.
Mr Abidi previously led the secular Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan, but resigned from the party in September for “personal reasons.”
The murder comes after a drive-by shooting which killed two members of the Pak Sarzameen Party (PSP) in Karachi on Sunday.
Unidentified gunmen opened fire on Mr Abidi’s car as he arrived home and fled on a motorbike.
CCTV footage of the incident,shows Abidi’s car approaching and then stopping at his residence’s gate. Just before the gate is opened, however, two motorcycle-riding assailants stop by Abidi’s car. One of the attackers, wearing a cap, gets off the bike and opens fire from the driver’s side.
Mr Abidi was elected to the country’s National Assembly in the 2013. He resigned his seat in November last year over plans to merge the MQM-P with rivals PSP.
He stood again during general elections in July but lost the contested Karachi seat to current Prime Minister Imran Khan.

Japan Ban Drones At Major Games and Airports.

The Japan Government says no drone will be allowed at any Olympic and Paralympic Games venues in 2020.The decision was made during a meeting of relevant Government Ministries and Agencies.

Comes at a time chaos had occurred at Gatwick Airport in London which has repeatedly closed in recent days due to drone sightings near the runway, where about 1,000 flights being either delayed or cancelled.   Around 140,000 passengers have been stranded. 

During the Games, drones will also be barred from flying near major airports, while flying them near facilities for either the Japanese Self Defence Force or US military bases has been permanently banned.

A similar ban will be imposed during the 2019 Rugby World Cup, also taking place in Japan.

Explosion Claims 22 Lives In Chinese 2022 Olympic City

The Chinese host city for the 2022 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games has been hit by explosion. Zhangjiakou a city in China, due to host Alpine skiing events during the Games, witnessed the death of at least 22 people and left a further 22 injured, in the explosion.

China’s official state news agency Xinhua, reports that the blast near a chemical plant engulfed 50 vehicles.

It is claimed, however, that all fires at the site – in the city around 156 kilometres northwest of Beijing – have been extinguished.

Production at the nearby Hebei Shenghua Chemical Industry plant has reportedly been shut.

Some of the mountain sport competitions during Beijing 2022 are taking place on the outskirts of Zhangjiakou.

Snowboard, cross-country skiing and freestyle skiing events will be held some 45 minutes away in Chongli.

The cause of the blast is not yet known though industrial disasters of a similar nature are not uncommon in China.

In August 2015, 165 people were killed when a chemical warehouse exploded in the port city of Tianjin.

And Last July, 19 people were killed by a similar blast in Sichuan.

The cause of the Tianjin explosion was later found to be illegally stored hazardous materials.

50 People Die in Zimbabwe Road Crash.


Police in Zimbabwe have said that the death toll in a bus crash on Wednesday has hit fifty people killed in the incident.

Fourty eight of the victims were adults whilst two children were also killed. They died on the spot in Zimbabwe when two buses collided in the town of Rusape in the country’s northeastern Manicaland Province.

According to the state broadcaster, Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation, ZBC, report; scores others were injured in the crash that happened close to a toll gate.

The crash involved passenger buses – Smart Express and Bolt Cutter.

Police Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi confirming earlier that so far 30 bodies had been identified.

Photos shared on social media shows bodies on the road with the cars said to have gotten into a head-on collision on either sides of the road. Remnants of the crash have also blocked the road.

A district commissioner has since confirmed with state-media that the main mortuary in the area had been overcrowded by the incident and that authorities had called for private assistance.

“Makoni District Administrator and Chairman of the District Civil Protection Unit, Mr Darlington Museka says Rusape General Hospital Mortuary is now overwhelmed.

“They are engaging Nyaradzo Funeral for assistance,” the Herald newspaper reported.