10 die in Nigeria school building collapse

Published: March 14, 2019 12:45:13 | Updated: March 16, 2019 17:09:54


People gather as rescue workers search for survivors at the site of a collapsed building containing a school in Nigeria's commercial capital of Lagos, Nigeria March 13, 2019 - REUTERS/Temilade Adelaja

At least 10 people have died and many more are feared trapped after a building containing a school collapsed in the Nigerian city of Lagos.

The school, which was on the top floor of the four-storey building in Ita Faji on Lagos Island, had more than 100 pupils, a rescue official said.

About 40 pupils had been pulled out alive, the official said.

The building had been identified as "distressed" and listed for demolition, Lagos building officials said.

The collapse happened at about 10:00 local time (09:00 GMT). There were frantic scenes at the site as rescuers and local men searched for survivors, and family members crowded the area in the hope of finding their loved ones alive, reports the BBC.

The collapsed building was a residential block containing a number of apartments as well as the school, residents and rescue officials at the scene said.

Emergency teams pulled several injured pupils from the rubble, but many worried parents at the scene were unable to find their children, while others went to a local hospital to look for theirs.

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