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Negligence

FROM http://africa.iafrica.com/c2cnews/984891.htm

NIGERIA
16 floors of Lagos building cave in

Posted Wed, 22 Mar 2006

The top 16 floors of a 24-storey office block collapsed in central Lagos on Wednesday, blocking the main commercial street through Africa's biggest city and leaving at least one dead and 24 injured.

Broad Street in the downtown Lagos Island district was completely filled with rubble and police had cordoned off the area around the Nigerian Industrial Development Bank building while firefighters searched for survivors.

"They have evacuated one dead person and 24 seriously injured to the hospital. We are still looking for ten more people we believe may be trapped in the building," Lagos State Health Commissioner Leke Pitan said at the scene.

Building manager Kunle Adebajo, a former president of the Nigerian Institute of Structural Engineers, said the building had been sealed off since a fire on the eighth floor in order to minimise casualties in the event of a collapse.

"It was purely an accident. It's the work of a fire that happened from Sunday night to Monday morning," he explained.

The building finally toppled after the city was swept by a powerful thunderstorm early on Wednesday, witnesses said.

I ONLY TOOK THIS PIC A FEW DAYS AGO...3 MONTHS LATER

Negligence

FROM http://africa.iafrica.com/c2cnews/984891.htm

NIGERIA
16 floors of Lagos building cave in

Posted Wed, 22 Mar 2006

The top 16 floors of a 24-storey office block collapsed in central Lagos on Wednesday, blocking the main commercial street through Africa's biggest city and leaving at least one dead and 24 injured.

Broad Street in the downtown Lagos Island district was completely filled with rubble and police had cordoned off the area around the Nigerian Industrial Development Bank building while firefighters searched for survivors.

"They have evacuated one dead person and 24 seriously injured to the hospital. We are still looking for ten more people we believe may be trapped in the building," Lagos State Health Commissioner Leke Pitan said at the scene.

Building manager Kunle Adebajo, a former president of the Nigerian Institute of Structural Engineers, said the building had been sealed off since a fire on the eighth floor in order to minimise casualties in the event of a collapse.

"It was purely an accident. It's the work of a fire that happened from Sunday night to Monday morning," he explained.

The building finally toppled after the city was swept by a powerful thunderstorm early on Wednesday, witnesses said.

I ONLY TOOK THIS PIC A FEW DAYS AGO...3 MONTHS LATER

comments (24)

  • Foofie
  • United States
  • 14 Jun 2006, 00:06
Terribly sad story... Very nice capture. Element, this shall rescue us from boredom smile
E Etomi: Thanks foofie...It was reported that they found a few more but u never know
The question I want to ask is what have they done since this building collasped?
E Etomi: Nada. Took this pic only last week. I pray the rest doesnt topple down on people eventually.
  • sk
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 14 Jun 2006, 05:10
Naija Naija Naija, this is so sad, God help our country sha
E Etomi: Amen!
Damn, i hope there were no other deaths from those 10 missing...Sad story.
E Etomi: I think it ended up being 2 fatalities but the media is not really trustworthy
As you can see, Jide, Absolutely Nothin !!!!!!

On a much lighter note it takes 6weeks to put up a 6-storey building in germany, (minus finishing !) As you can see the germans have definitely conquered construction !
E Etomi: We need to learn a thing or two from them!
  • Barbara
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 14 Jun 2006, 09:38
amazing you've put this up...I had actually thought about going to photograph this last month. I believe both the fire and the building collapsing happened at times when there weren't that many people around or else this story, albeit very sad, would have been even more horrific. What worries me is that it's still in this state and is probably going to result in more fatalities if and when more of the building gives way.
E Etomi: Yeah, it was the census period so not may people were around. Would you have taken the pic in a different way? You should so we can compare..
I remember when this happened! Why am I not surprised that nothing's been done about it?

The pic's looking all professional...

x x x
  • bruno
  • Sweden
  • 14 Jun 2006, 11:18
choking, really choking, but i really like the shot. tone is killer onesmile))
  • Craig
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 14 Jun 2006, 11:22
Very nice image, you captured history with this one.
  • jane
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 14 Jun 2006, 12:19
Good grief. Superb photo but how sad.
Newspaper stuff Element, well taken. Would have loved to see it without the buildings on the left. I can't beleive they haven't started reconstruction or demolition, these peeps sha!!
  • debola
  • Nigeria
  • 14 Jun 2006, 12:56
well captured....sad story. thank God it was the census period
  • lino
  • philippines
  • 14 Jun 2006, 13:10
great capture etomi...
  • adaure
  • United States
  • 14 Jun 2006, 14:59
i guess there's no rush to fix it...lol
WOW!! hard to believe there were not more people injured or killed!!!
great capture.
  • chunter
  • United States
  • 14 Jun 2006, 16:00
Sorry, I've not been by you blog for a while now, but I've just had a looksee through your archive. My goodness, haven't you come a long way from "I'm a complete novice..."? You'd never know it to look at your images. They (and your friends) are quite beautiful.

This one adds to your portfolio of styles; so now you do reportage too? And this is good. Coupled with the words it gives great coverage to the event. I must come back more often, but with so many bloggers now, I can't catch you all.
Well what can I say about my country.... smile
For me E, this is your best work yet. Really liking it. You've captured the chaos that is Nigeria, its got context and I love how you've presented it.
Niggles here and there, but they're minor.
Good work.
great shot...not see that so oftensmile
  • Mona
  • London
  • 15 Jun 2006, 21:28
Whattt na wa ohhh...I bet my dad would have loads to say on this! He's a civil/structural engineer you see....damn, it crumbled sha. So where did you take it from?

[http://aramide.blogspot.com]
Abeg when did this happen?cos I never heard about it.
  • Dammie BerryMoore
  • Sex and the City
  • 23 Jun 2006, 21:03
WTF!!!!!!!!!!!...........My mum just retired from this bank, WoW, now you know this brings a wholeeeeeeeeeeee nother meaning for me!!...WoW, GREATTTT CAPTURE!!!!!!!!!
  • Dammie BerryMoore
  • Sex and the City
  • 23 Jun 2006, 21:07
well, not just!!........LoL, the beginning of the year.....heheheheh.....Eh yah....Godd rest their souls.
  • Uche E
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 10 Sep 2006, 13:14
SHOOT!
A good shot

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