The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has said 14 persons have so far died and four others severely injured in a collapsed three-storey building in Delimi Community of Jos North Local Government Area of Plateau State.
Nurudeen Musa, head, Search and Rescue Operations at the North-Central office of NEMA, made this known to journalists in Jos on Tuesday.
The three-storey building belonging to Rufai Kabiru collapsed in the late hours of Monday, killing its owner and other people.
The Plateau Police Command while confirming the incident on Monday night, said that three persons lost their lives in the incident, seven severely injured, while seven others were rescued unhurt.
Mr Musa, however, told journalists that the death toll had increased after the rescue operation conducted by a joint team from NEMA, State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), the International Red Cross and security agencies.
“As at this afternoon (Tuesday), we recorded 14 deaths and four persons severely injured in the collapsed building,’’ he said.
Musa said the injured were currently receiving treatment at the Plateau Specialist Hospital and Bingham University Teaching Hospital.
It was gathered that the bodies of some of those who lost their lives, which include the owner of the building and his pregnant daughter, had been released to their families and were buried.
As at the time of filing this report, rescue operations were still ongoing at the scene of the incident.