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The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has rescued nine yet-to-be-identified ladies who were trapped in a storey-building that sunk around Akinwunmi Street, Mende, in the Maryland area of Lagos State, due to torrential rainfall.

The Lagos Territorial Coordinator of the Agency confirmed the development in a statement on Monday.

“NEMA received a distressed alert on a sinking storey-building where nine people are said to be trapped. The building is located at 47 Akinwunmi street, Akinwunmi North Estate, Mende, Maryland, Ikeja.

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“The torrential rainfall, which lasted for about four hours in the early hours of the day, flooded lots of communities in Lagos State. NEMA advance team upon close observations called for more reinforcement of personnel.”

According to Farinloye who spoke with one of the trapped victims, they were up to nine people, mostly women, who were trapped when the building started sinking after being submerged.

As at the time of filing this report, rescue operations had commenced with Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), Lagos State Fire and Rescue Service, and Police Disaster Management Unit on the ground.

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