Killed in Nigerian Building Collapse; Schoolchildren Trapped

Killed in Nigerian Building Collapse; Schoolchildren Trapped

Killed in Nigerian Building Collapse; Schoolchildren Trapped

The statement by National Emergency Management Agency spokesman Ibrahim Farinloye does not say how many children are among the dead and rescued.

"Why would somebody convert a residential building to a school for instance?"

The building was in the Ita-faji area of Lagos island, the original heart of the lagoon city before it expanded onto the mainland.

It's gathered that over 100 students are now still trapped and being dug out.

The General Manager of the Lagos State Building Control Agency (LASBCA) Olalekan Shodeinde confirmed that the building was indeed marked for demolition.

Rescuers at the scene of the collapsed school.

"Nigeria's infrastructure is generally less than half the size than in the average sub-Saharan Africa country and only a fraction of that in emerging market economies", the report said.

As the day wore on, an AFP correspondent saw several children being brought out, at least one of whom appeared to be dead.

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

He said that the team will also visit victims at the hospital.

The list of survivors, obtained on Wednesday evening, shows 41 names, five of whom are unnamed.

Two teachers, three adults were clearly stated, while the 36 other victims are assumed to be children.

It was a pathetic sight of wailings and buckets full of tears as parents of the pupils of Baden Private Primary School stormed the accident scene searching for their wards.

"The deputy governor is in the hospital actually taking care of those that were rescued and taken to the hospital most especially the children".

A worker at the Massey Children Hospital, who spoke with NAN on condition of anonymity, said four out of those brought in died few minutes after.

"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.

It would be recalled that last year the state government disclosed that it had identified 149 distressed buildings across the State in the last one year, out of which 40 have been demolished.

Parents had told CNN on Wednesday that many buildings in the commercial hub in downtown Lagos were not safe.

He also called on architects, building engineers, bricklayers and the end-users to live up to the expectations by complying with the construction rules and regulations guiding the industry.

"I don't know how she is going to survive it. This would not have happened if they had adhered to government's instruction".

As if to confirm, the Lagos State government tweeted on it's official Twitter handle @followlasg: "Ongoing rescue operations by the Lagos State Rescue Unit at the collapsed building at Ita-faji, Lagos Island" at precisely 12:28PM, nearly two hours after the initial incident.

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