Death toll in Lagos building collapse rises to 36

2021-11-04 20:27:12
Death toll in Lagos building collapse rises to 36

The death toll from the collapse of a high-rise building in an upscale area of Nigeria’s commercial capital Lagos has risen to 36, as rescue operations enter the fourth day.

"For now, 36 people - 33 men and three women - have been pulled from the rubble and there are nine survivors," Femi Oke-Osanyintolu, director-general of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (Lasema), told reporters.

The building under construction in the affluent neighborhood of Ikoyi collapsed Monday afternoon in undetermined circumstances, while several dozen workers were on the site.

The number of people present on the site at the time of the collapse is still unknown.

Ibrahim Farinloye, of the National Emergency Management Agency, said rescuers “won’t give up until we reach ground zero”, adding that bigger equipment was brought in Tuesday evening for the operation.

Around the site, families and relatives of the victims were still waiting for news on Thursday, three days after the disaster, while heavy equipment was deployed to help with the clearing operations.

Two other smaller buildings in Lagos also collapsed on Tuesday following heavy rains, though no one was killed, Farinloye said.

The collapse of buildings is a frequent tragedy in Nigeria, the most populous country in Africa, where millions of people live in dilapidated buildings and where construction laws are regularly flouted.

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