Saturday, 23 March, 2019

Building collapses in Nigerian city leaving school children trapped

Many children feared dead, trapped as school building collapses in Nigeria (VIDEO, PHOTOS) Rescue efforts underway after Lagos school collapse
Leonard Rios | 15 March, 2019, 04:57

A crowd of thousands of people cheered on Wednesday as dust-covered, shocked-looking children were pulled from the rubble.

Earlier, Ibrahim Farinloye, coordinator of the National Emergency Management Agency in Nigeria's southwest region, also said it was hard to give accurate casualty figures as the rescue operation, which he coordinated, was still ongoing. At least eight people were confirmed dead and 37 others were rescued alive.

The South-West Zonal Head of Public Affairs of the Agency, Ibrahim Farinloye said the rescue operation was ongoing as at 8pm.

Search and rescue work continues in Nigeria a day after a building containing a school collapsed with scores of children said to be inside.

The school, it was noted, occupied the penthouse, second and third floor.

Building collapses are not uncommon in Nigeria.

However, the occupants frustrated the demolition.

People and rescue teams search through the debris of the collapsed building on Thursday.

One bereaved relative, Bose Adeshida, said she had two nieces, aged 11 and 4, who attended the school.

Initial reports had said eight children had died.

The dilapidated building in the densely populated Lagos Island area of the city came down without warning on Wednesday morning.

"Residents, who are the end-users have vital roles to play in curbing building collapse; they are in a better position to detect early illegal, abandoned and substandard constructions", he said.

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Salami said: "It was because of the situation of the building that forced me to resign from the school in December because I don't want to risk my life".

"This is unfortunate but we will investigate what has happened and also see the punishment for whoever are the culprits".

Ambode said most of the buildings in the area had been marked for demolition, but that some property owners in the area defied such notices.

Ambode said that many buildings were marked for demolition but the landlords resisted the government's plan.

People help a child after he was rescued from a collapsed building in Lagos, Nigeria.

It was not known how many students had been in a primary school located on the building's top floor.

"Please, save my child, save my child!" wept one traumatised mother whose seven-year-old daughter was trapped inside, as people tried in vain to console her. I don't know why they refused to obey government's order.

"It is too big for her to bear".

"Most of the buildings in central Lagos are old and can not pass the structural integrity test", he told AFP.

On the part of government, we would immediately take care of whatever it is that we can do, including the hospital bills.

Some anxious parents have arrived at the scene while others have gone to a local hospital to look for their children, he adds.

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