Building Collapse: Sad Day in Lagos
Building has been marked for demolition
Social media is replete with pictures and videos of distressed parents and crowds reportedly rushing to the building which collapsed at Ita-Faji area of Lagos Island on Wednesday.
The third floor of the collapsed building housed a private school in the area, and it came down at around 10 a.m. local time. The building housed a school with about 100 pupils. Many people including children were trapped in the building. There was no immediate information on any casualties as at Wednesday afternoon.
However, children, both males and females were rescued from the debris, some of them without serious injuries.
The governor of Lagos state, Akinwunmi Ambode confirmed that some people were killed and then said that about 25 people were rescued from the collapse, but some already dead.
Ambode also said the school had been set up illegally and that buildings in the area were undergoing integrity testing.
People live in homes like the one that collapsed because finding cheap accommodation in the area is difficult, so many resort to living in the buildings that have been marked for demolition.
About 50 people have been pulled from the debris, dead or alive and there are still people trapped in the rubble of the collapsed building.