Lagos gas tanker explosion: Death toll rises to five

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As men of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) continue their rescue mission in the gas explosion that occurred after a leaking gas tanker exploded in the Bank Anthony area of Lagos, more bodies have been discovered bringing the death toll to five.

 

Three of the bodies, said to be adult males, were found inside one of the stores at the OPIC plaza while operatives of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) and the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) search for a child whose mother was rescued earlier this morning.

 

It was learnt the woman, who was at the Chinese Restaurant, kept crying about her child when she was being evacuated to the hospital which gave insights that someone was trapped.

 

A further search by the operatives led to the discovery of two more bodies, one of which was a child.

 

Speaking on the rescue operation, the Director-General, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) Dr. Femi Oke-Osanyintolu, said

“First responders worked to control the spread to the adjacent properties as well as the nearby petrol station until 0400hrs Friday.

Thirteen people with various degrees of burns were rescued comprising nine males and four females. They were provided with pre hospital care before taken to Lagos State health facilities for further treatment

The affected truck has been moved, the entire affected area cordoned off and post disaster assessment ongoing”

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