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UPDATE: 22 people rescued, while two died in the Gwarinpa building collapse

No less than 22 people, according to the FCT Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), have so far been rescued in the continuing operations to evacuate those stranded in a building that collapsed in Gwarinpa, Abuja.

The disclosure was made in a statement issued by the agency’s head of public affairs, Mrs. Nkechi Isa, on Thursday in Abuja.

The deaths of two people trapped in the collapsed structure were also disclosed by Mrs. Isa.

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She reported that a team made up of representatives from FEMA, NEMA, FRSC, Nigeria Police, Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps, the department of Development Control, Abuja Metropolitan Management Agency, and the Red Cross was on the scene to rescue any survivors still trapped in the building’s debris.

She said that other construction firms with heavy machinery had also contributed to the rescue operations.

She said that some construction companies with heavy duty equipment were also part of the rescue efforts.

“No fewer than 22 persons have so far been rescued, two are confirmed dead. The victims have been taken to Wuse, Gwarimpa, Asokoro district hospitals and the Federal medical center. The search for survivors is ongoing.

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“The two-storey building with a basement collapsed this morning trapping an unidentified number of workers,” she said.

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