Nigeria: Lagos Explosion - 276,000 People Displaced - Govt

19 March 2020

The Lagos State Government says 276,000 people have been displaced by Sunday's gas inferno that engulfed the Abule Ado and Soba areas of the state.

Oluwafemi Oke-Osanyintolu, Director-General, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, disclosed this to newsmen in Lagos yesterday while assessing the damage at the scene of the incident.

Damilola-oke, who expressed shock at the level of destruction, said the impact assessment by the agency would enable the state government make provision for the people.

According to him, one of the rescued victims is receiving care at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital under the care of the state.

"Another is at the Nigerian Navy Hospital; one is at the Igando General Hospital with one at the Golden Cross Hospital receiving treatment on the state's bill.

"Five schools, three churches, one hotel and a shopping complex were destroyed, the assessments of the structures were determined by the Lagos State Material Testing Department," he said.

The LASEMA boss, who declined to place a figure on the number of human casualties, said the state had a figure, but that investigation was still ongoing.

He said the assessment team recorded 170 buildings that got damaged in the area as a result of the fire outbreak, 40 cars and three articulated vehicles.

He added that the governor had instructed that the displaced people be taken to the Igando Camp for resettlement all the agencies had made vehicles available to convey survivors to the camp. (NAN)

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