Tragedy struck on Saturday at Magodo area of Lagos, Southwest Nigeria, as a collapsed bungalow building killed four siblings.
The incident was said to have occurred around 4: 50am while the siblings were sleeping in a three -bedroom bungalow.
Spokesperson, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, LASEMA, Michael Kehinde, said a mudslide washed down by the early morning rain led to the collapse of the apartment located at No. 50 Otun Araromi Street, Orisa, Magodo, behind Magodo Phase 1.
He said the collapsed building buried four children who were later brought out of the ruins dead, while the father of the children, Godwin Odiah, 50, from Edo State escaped death as he was out of the house few minutes before the tragedy struck .
The names of the siblings were given as Isayo Odiah, 23; Clinton Odiah, 13 ; Da-silver Odiah 15 and Endurance Odiah, 10. “All the children are of Mr. Godwin Odiah, a 50-year old man from Edo State,” said Akindele, who is the General Manager , LASEMA.
Officials of the Lagos State Fire Service, LASEMA’ s emergency response team , Nigerian Police from Magodo Police Station and Isheri Police Station responded to the emergency.
“The four dead bodies were recovered after digging through the sand. Another slide occurred six houses away from the incident site about 10 .05 am on another bungalow, but the occupant ran out immediately for safety, ” Akindele revealed . He said arrangement was on to release the deceased to the Odiah family or to the State Environmental Health Monitoring Unit, SEHMU, as at the time of filing this report .
According to Akindele, the agency had been engaging in advocacy for people living in flood- prone areas to relocate to avert more disasters, just like the collapsed building, located in a valley prone to flood.
However, following the mudslide, officials of the Lagos State Building Control Agency, LASBCA, have marked about 10 houses in the area for demolition in order to avert another disaster.

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