12 dead, 40 rescued, scores still trapped in Lagos building collapse

12 dead, 40 rescued, scores still trapped in Lagos building collapse

Emergency workers attend the scene after a building collapsed in Lagos, Nigeria, Thursday March 14, 2019.

Officials of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) and other rescue officials had rescued some of the children trapped in the building, while those who sustained injuries among the pupils were taken to the hospital.

A set of young twins were among pupils that died when a three-storey building housing their school collapsed at about 10am at Ita-Faji, on Lagos Island.

President Muhammadu Buhari and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate in the February 23 election, Atiku Abubakar, have commiserated with victims and families of those who died in yesterday's building collapse in Lagos State.

"It touches one to lose precious lives in any kind of incident, particularly those so young and tender".

Mr Adekanmbi said the meeting was necessary as a platform for comprehensive deliberation among the players, on how to tackle the issue of building collapse in Lagos State.

Scores of children are feared trapped after the school collapsed in Nigeria.

Also, Dr Saliu Oseni, the Chairman, Lagos Chapter of the Nigerian Medical Association said that the association had been going round the hospitals to monitor the treatment of the victims.

But they had also recovered "more than four dead bodies", Tiamiyu said without giving an exact figure.

The dilapidated building in the densely-populated Lagos Island area suddenly collapsed on Wednesday morning.

An inquiry found it had structural flaws and had been built illegally. "The school owner and some kids have been taken to the hospital".

"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".

Tinubu also said that the Lagos State Material Testing Laboratory for buildings should be strengthened and the officers should carry out their work appropriately.

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

School bags, toys and clothes could be seen among the piles of rubble as a bulldozer tried to clear a path through some of the wreckage to help the rescue efforts.

"It is unfortunate that such incident happened".

It was gathered that there were plans by the developer to construct around the old building and that attempts to dig around the property, few days ago, could have weakened the foundation. We all thought we were doing the best for them.

He told NAN that BCPG had brought such distressed buildings to the notice of the Lagos State Building Control Agency (LASBCA) for demolition.

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