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US NewsMany people, including schoolchildren, feared trapped in Nigerian building collapse

14:55  13 march  2019
14:55  13 march  2019 Source:   reuters.com

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Two people are feared dead from the incident. The incident has caused heavy gridlock with many residents and passersby converging at the Officials from the FRSC, NEMA, civil defence, police and other security agencies are at the building making frantic efforts to rescue the people trapped inside.

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Many people, including schoolchildren, feared trapped in Nigerian building collapse © Reuters/TEMILADE ADELAJA Rescue workers are seen at the site of a collapsed building containing a school in Nigeria's commercial capital of Lagos

LAGOS (Reuters) - Many people including children were feared trapped on Wednesday after a building containing a school collapsed in Nigeria's commercial capital Lagos, an emergency agency spokesman said, as rescue efforts began.

Ibrahim Farinloye, spokesman for the National Emergency Management Agency's southwest region, said there was no immediate information on any casualties.

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

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At least five people are feared to be trapped under the rubble. Conflicting media reports say that it was a five-story building , according to AP. The residential building collapsed around 6:00am local time. The cause of the collapse is still unknown. Teams of firefighters are searching the rubble for the

Buildings collapse often in Nigeria because of endemic corruption, with contractors using sub-standard materials and bribing inspectors to ignore poor In 2014, 116 people died when a multi-story guesthouse of the Synagogue Church of All Nations collapsed in Lagos, Nigeria ’s largest city.

Many people, including schoolchildren, feared trapped in Nigerian building collapse © AP Rescue workers and emergency teams work at the scene of a building collapse in Lagos, Nigeria.

"The third floor of the building is housing a private school in the area," said Farinloye, adding that the three-storey building came down at around 10 a.m. local time.

Workers on top of the rubble shovelled debris away as thousands of people swarmed around the rescue site -- dozens watching from rooftops and hundreds more packed into the surrounding streets, according to a Reuters reporter.

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

Nigeria is frequently hit by building collapses, with weak enforcement of regulations and poor construction materials often used. In 2016, more than 100 people were killed when a church came down in southeastern Nigeria.

In Lagos that same year, a five-storey building still under construction collapsed, killing at least 30 people.

A floating school built to withstand storms and floods was also brought down in Lagos in 2016, though nobody was reported injured.

(Reporting by Nneka Chile in Lagos; Additional reporting by Paul Carsten and Camillus Eboh in Abuja and Ola Lanre in Maiduguri; Editing by Catherine Evans)

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