Thee South African government has updated the death toll of their citizens who died in The Synagogue, Church Of All Nations to 84. The total number of all who died is 115.
The minister of Pretoria’s response to the tragedy, Jeff Radebe, told reporters on Monday, September 22, 2014 in Lagos that 84 citizens of South Africa died in building which collapsed on September 12.
He said: “We understand from our assessment team that the total number of people who have perished is now 115, but those are not all South Africans. South Africans (are) about 84 that have died.”
Radebe said 25 survivors repatriated back home with injuries, out of 26 who survived. He said one person did not make the trip but returned back to the SCOAN in Ikotun, Lagos.
“There were only 25 who actually boarded the aircraft because one returned to the synagogue yesterday,” said Radebe.
Two toddlers who lost both parents in the tragedy were among the 25 who returned home.
A 19-member medical team including specialised doctors, nurses and medical military paramedics took care of the injured on board a military C-130 aircraft.
“It’s the biggest evacuation effort by the (South African) Air Force since the dawn of democracy,” two decades ago, said Radebe.
The senior pastor of SCOAN, Prophet TB Joshua released a condolence message on Sunday, September 21.