Lagos Gas Explosion: Dead Casualties Rises to 20

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The number of the dead casualties in the Abule-Ado, Lagos gas explosion has risen to 20 yesterday, Monday, 17th March 2020, as many families continued to search for their missing relatives.

PUNCH Metro had reported on Sunday that the explosion that rocked Abuke-Ado community on Sunday evening left 17 persons dead.

The Director General, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, Femi Oke-Osanyintolu, while speaking at the scene, said that number of the dead casualties has risen to 20. He said, “Fifty-seven persons were rescued and eight discharged from hospital. One is still at the Intensive Care Unit of the Naval Hospital. Three bodies were recovered this morning, bringing the number of casualties to 20.”

We gathered that three more corpses found were recovered from the rubble of the college building of which the deceased were two cooks in the school, one of whom was identified simply as Irene, and a security guard.

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation had said the explosion was caused by a truck, which hit a stack of gas cylinders.

The impact of the explosion destroyed over 50 houses and many cars parked in the area.

Boarding pupils of the Bethlehem Girls College were trapped when the building, where a Mass was being celebrated collapsed. The Principal of the school, Rev. Sr. Henrietta Alokha, was killed while rescuing the schoolgirls.

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