Rescue efforts underway after Lagos school collapse

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Building collapses in Lagos, school kids trapped, many feared dead

The three-story building is located in the crowded Lagos Island area of the coastal megacity, which is home to more than 22 million people.

The cause of the collapse was yet to be ascertained but The Nation gathered emergency responders have moved to the scene and were evacuating trapped victims.

So far, according to a statement by National Emergency Management Agency spokesman Ibrahim Farinloye, eight people are dead, with 37 others rescued alive.

The rescue operations are however, suffering hitches, as rescuers are finding it hard to gain access into the building with their equipments.

Residents of the area said around 100 children attended the school, which was on the third floor of the building.

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"It is believed that many people including children are now trapped in the building", he said.

Ambode, who visited the scene of the collapsed three-storeyed building on Mercy Street, Ita-Faji, Lagos, said that many buildings were marked for demolition but the landlords resisted the plan.

A woman cries as the body of a child is recovered.

"Please, save my child, save my child!" wept one traumatised mother whose seven-year-old daughter was trapped inside, as people tried to console her.

"All we are interested in now is to save more lives and also see how those that have been rescued are put in proper place and proper care".

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As the day wore on, several children were brought out, at least one of whom appeared to be dead. Lagos state's deputy governor, Idiat Adebule, told the Vanguard newspaper that it was too early to give a death toll.

There were residential apartments below the school, Cunningham reported.

At least 10 children were among scores of people missing on 13 March 2019 after a four-storey building collapsed in Lagos, with rescuers trying to reach them through the roof of the damaged structure.

Building materials are often sub-standard and the enforcement of regulations in Nigeria is weak.

An inquiry found the building had been built illegally and had structural flaws. In 2016, more than 100 people were killed when a church came down in southeastern Nigeria.

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