In a swift and determined effort, the Director-General of the Federal Emergency Management Authority (FEMA), Dr. Abbass Idriss, led a team of dedicated rescuers into action following the unfortunate collapse of a three-storey building in Abuja’s Garki Area. The calamity, triggered by a relentless downpour that began around 11:30 pm on Wednesday, plunged the area into turmoil.
As dawn broke on Thursday morning, hope and urgency mingled in the air as the rescue teams sprang into action. Dr. Abbass Idriss, a beacon of leadership, reported that a total of 37 individuals had been successfully rescued from the rubble. These survivors were promptly transported to various medical facilities across Abuja for immediate care and assessment.
The collaborative spirit shone through as multiple rescue agencies combined forces under the FEMA umbrella. The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), FCT Police Command, FCT Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and the Vehicle Inspection Office (VIO) united their expertise, proving that unity in the face of adversity can lead to remarkable outcomes.
Tragically, amid the tales of resilience and hope, the shadows cast by the disaster were underscored by the news of two lives lost. Two individuals succumbed to their injuries, a stark reminder of the fragility of life.
Dr. Idriss affirmed the unwavering dedication of the FEMA Search and Rescue team. With steely determination, they awaited the arrival of excavators, ready to delve into the wreckage to ensure that no victim was left behind, and no story went untold.
As the sun illuminated the scene, the indomitable spirit of humanity’s collective response to crises was on full display. The tireless efforts of Dr. Abbass Idriss and the multi-agency team exemplify the power of coordination and compassion, turning tragedy into a testament of humanity’s enduring strength.