7 school pupils, 12 adults rescued alive from Lagos building collapse

Clay Curtis
March 13, 2019

At least 50 children have been rescued so far from a three-storey building which collapsed in the Itafaji area of Lagos Island.

Associated Press video from the scene showed a dust-covered child being carried out of the rubble, to cheers. Many more children are thought to be inside.

Onlookers crowded around in the densely populated neighborhood in Lagos, Nigeria's commercial capital and a city of some 20 million people.

Hundreds of people stood in narrow streets and on rooftops of rusted, corrugated metal.

The resident said the Lagos State Government had earmarked the building for demolition since 2018.

Building collapses in Lagos, school kids trapped, many feared dead

The cause of the collapse is yet to be ascertained. Parents are crying. I can't withstand the gory sight'.

Ibrahim Farinloye, spokesman for the National Emergency Management Agency's southwest region, said there was no immediate information on any casualties.

More than 100 people died when a church came down in south eastern Nigeria, in 2016.

"The third floor building is housing a private school in the area".

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