Three storey-building housing primary school collapes in Lagos

Three storey-building housing primary school collapes in Lagos

Three storey-building housing primary school collapes in Lagos

Lagos state governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, says the school that collapsed in the Ilafaji area of the state yesterday March 13th, was operating illegally.

Ambode, the state governor, said his deputy was visiting hospitals and that the government would cover the hospital bills of survivors.

"She looked lifeless, and I was not even sure she was breathing", Adedoyin said in her native Yoruba language.

A resident of the collapsed building at 63 Massey Street, who simply gave his name as Akin, said the developer found a way to rescue the property after it was marked for demolition by the State Building Control Agency.

It's not known how many people lived in the apartments that made up the rest of the complex.

"So far, from what I have been told, some people have been rescued and some people are already dead but, we were earlier informed that it was a school".

A Reuters reporter at the scene saw a boy of 10 being pulled out covered in dust but with no visible injuries.

A rescue team removing victims from the collapsed building on Wednesday. Rescue efforts are underway in Nigeria after a three-story school building collapsed while classes were in session, with scores of school children thought to be inside at the time.

The residents who spoke with our correspondent lamented the high number of lives that have been lost to the collapse of such buildings in the past.

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"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.

The total number of deaths from the incident remains as yet unknown, but it is sure to be more than eight people now reported by emergency agency officials.

He expressed sadness over the incident, stressing that the marked building for demolition would be pulled down.

They feared the commotion caused by the crowd would disrupt rescue activities.

One of them is Lagos Island, a densely-populated area which is one of the city's oldest neighbourhoods.

It is characterised by its Afro-Brazilian architecture, a style brought over by thousands of freed slaves who headed back home after decades working the plantations in Brazil. "Rescue efforts are still ongoing, we appeal to residents to allow rescue efforts go on smoothly".

Building collapses are frequent in Nigeria, where regulations are poorly enforced and construction materials are often substandard.

"LASBCA and other building regulatory authorities alone can not properly monitor to detect when buildings are defective or when illegal constructions are going on, without the support of the residents".

In 2016, more than 100 people were killed when a church came down in the southeast, and in Lagos the same year, a five-storey building collapsed, killing at least 30 people.

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