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3-story building collapses in Nigeria with children inside

3-story building collapses in Nigeria with children inside

National Emergency Management Agency spokesman Ibrahim Farinloye said 37 people had been pulled out alive, while eight bodies were recovered from the ruins.

Many students and residents are feared trapped in the building which collapsed at around 9.30 am Wednesday in the Itafaji area of Lagos Island, a Red Cross official said.

Aside the dead, many other persons injured were rescued from the rubble and taken to different hospitals for treatment.

Earlier, Legit.ng had reported that the federal ministry of health directed all the federal health institutions in Lagos state to provide necessary healthcare support and ensure adequate services to victims of the collapsed school building in the state. "It is heartless to ask a woman who just lost four children to go and start looking for 150,000 to save the life of the last surviving child, please intervene on our behalf".

Prominent Lagos builder and surveyor Alani Fasiu Amusa said the "unscrupulous activities" of some developers and property owners were to blame. An emergency management official said more than 40 people had been freed.

He declined to give an updated toll of the dead and rescued.

"If after the collapsed building had been found to be weak and marked for demolition and everybody had done what was required of them, perhaps this awful incident would have been averted".

Speaking with newsmen, Ambode said: "I have been told it is an old and illegal building".

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"No new casualty has been brought in and we are doing the best we can to mop up", Ganikale told NAN.

School bags, toys and clothes were seen among the piles of rubble as a bulldozer tried to clear a path through the wreckage.

The top floor of the building is occupied by a school with about one hundred pupils, while the rest are residential and shops.

He, however, assuring that going forward, structurally defective buildings would be demolished. We all thought we were doing the best for them.

The crowd at the scene rained curses on the owner of the building, even as they accused authorities of the Lagos State and local governments of ignoring calls by concerned neighbours that the building was extensively weak and constituted a danger to its residents.

While some Nigerians were excited by the boy's rescue, others expressed concern about how the massive crowd gathered at the site of the collapsed building.

On speculations that many are still trapped under the rubble, Adesina said rescue operations would be gradual and painstaking, "so as not to further endanger the lives of those trapped underneath the rubble".


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