LASEMA Attends To 1,024 Cases In 2020, 331 Road Accidents And 149 Fire Incidents In Lagos
The Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) has released the state’s emergency response statistics for 2020 indicating that it recorded 1,024 cases from January to December.
In the figure released on Friday sighted by our correspondent, accidents involving tankers and trucks and those which broke down formed the largest chunk; with 441 cases. Out of the 441 cases, there were 329 accidents, 54 broken down incidents and 28 fallen tankers.
According to the statistics, there were 331 road accidents followed by fire disasters where 149 cases were recorded. The fire incidents were further broken down into fire outbreaks (122); pipeline fire (3) and truck/tanker fire (24).
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Also, 37 cases of building collapse were recorded out of which 22 were full collapse, nine impending collapse cases and five partial collapse cases.
In the same vein, there were seven cases of gas explosion, 12 cases of spillage, three flood cases and four cases of boat capsize, among others.
The Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) was established vide LASEMA Law 16 of 2008 for emergency and disaster management in the State in pursuance to decree 12 of 1999 as amended by Act No. 50 of 1999 which established the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA).
The Agency is responsible for the overall coordination of emergency management in Lagos State, working closely with all its Stakeholders. It came into existence in February 2007, the legal framework establishing LASEMA was signed into Law on July 22nd, 2008 by Mr Babatunde Raji Fashola (SAN).
The Agency was statutorily charged to provide an adequate and prompt response as well as sustaining intervention in all forms of emergency/disaster situations in the State within the territorial boundary called “Lagos”.
It performs this onerous task through Emergency/Disaster prevention preparedness, mitigation, recovery and relief.
The law that set up the LASEMA did empower the Agency to coordinate the activities of all its stakeholders and NGO’s who are categorized into Primary, Secondary and Tertiary responders in management of all emergency and disaster situations in the State as well as also to build their capacity toward increasing response capability.
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