Wednesday, 20 March, 2019

Three-story school building collapses in Lagos, Nigeria, children trapped

Woman loses 5 children in Lagos school building collapse lailasnews Building collapses in Lagos, school kids trapped, many feared dead
Andrew Cummings | 14 March, 2019, 03:11

Many pupils are feared dead and trapped following the collapse of a three-story building housing a private school in Ita Faji area of Lagos Island, Lagos State.

One of the parents said her son was rescued by the neighbours who quickly ran to the site.

Workers from the Red Cross and police shovelled debris away as thousands of people swarmed around the accident site, before heavy lifting equipment began to arrive.

"It is believed that many people including children are now trapped in the building", he told the BBC.

The incident took place near Itafaji market on Lagos Island in Nigeria's economic capital at around 10am (0900 GMT).

The building was a mixture of residential apartments and classrooms, according to local media.

Legit.ng correspondent on ground at the scene of the incident reports that the people expressed their displeasure at the spate of building collapse in the area, and angrily asked the governor to leave as they blamed the state government for the recurring incident.

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Emergency rescuers trawled through the wreckage of the disaster, trying to save those still trapped in the building which housed, among other uses, a nursery school.

The four-storey building near Massey Children Hospital collapsed this morning while children were having classes on the third floor.

One local resident who witnessed the moment of collapse said there was no warning.

Adeshina Tiamiyu, general manager of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, said that the agency had recorded one death so far in the disaster, and had rescued almost 50 people.

In September 2014, 116 people, 84 of them South Africans, died when a six-storey building collapsed as a celebrity televangelist was preaching.

Such disasters are all too common in Nigeria, where new construction often goes up without regulatory oversight and floors are added to already unstable buildings. In 2016, a church roof caved in on a crowded congregation in Uyo, a city in southern Nigeria, killing at least 160 people.

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