Nine Things We Know About The School Building Collapse In Lagos

BUILDING School children are trapped inside

BUILDING School children are trapped inside

A three-story building collapsed in Nigeria on Wednesday with scores of schoolchildren thought to be inside, setting off frantic rescue efforts in the country's crowded commercial capital.

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

Reuters reported that so far only seven children had been rescued from the rubble, according to local residents, and that the school may have had as many 100 pupils inside.

A visit by the News Agency of Nigeria correspondent to the General Hospitals in Marina and Gbagada in Lagos, on Thursday, showed that some of the patients had been stabilised, while others were still being attended to.

While rescue operations were ongoing, Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, visited the collapse scene and commiserated with families of those that lost their lives. He was at work when the building collapsed, he said at Lagos General Hospital.

"There are over 1,000 distressed other buildings of this nature in Lagos, which, if nothing is done to demolish them, they will still collapse, resulting to more calamities in the state", said Kunle Awobodu of the Building Collapse Prevention Guild.

He was greeted by some emergency rescue officials from the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) who briefed him about ongoing efforts for about two minutes.

It is not known how many students may have been at a primary school that was located on the top floor of the three-story building.

Salami said: "It was because of the situation of the building that forced me to resign from the school in December because I don't want to risk my life".

While sympathising with the parents of the victims, Ambode said efforts have been intensified to rescue more pupils still trapped beneath the rubbles.

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Today, the Lagos state govt promised to pay the hospital bills for survivors.

"The building is not technically a school, it is a residential building that was actually accommodating an illegal school, so to speak, on the second floor", he said.

School bags, toys and clothes were seen among the piles of rubble as a bulldozer tried to clear a path through the wreckage.

Nigeria has a poor history for buildings collapsing.

A nearby building had collapsed, and her children were inside it.

"Before the kids could be arranged from their classes, the building had collapsed".

In 2014, a church in Lagos collapsed, killing more than 100 people.

The children's rights group Plan International Nigeria called on the Lagos state government to "launch an inquiry into the incident, and ensure that all persons found culpable for dereliction of duties are punished".

He stressed the need for appropriate authorities to inspect buildings under construction to check building collapse in order to save lives and property.

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