Published: Fri, March 15, 2019
World Media | By Cesar Oliver

How school children died in Lagos building collapse

How school children died in Lagos building collapse

"While emergency workers are making frantic efforts to clear the rubbles and rescue more victims, I urge residents to join hands with the government in any way possible to reduce fatalities and lessen attendant trauma of the incident".

However, the National Emergency Management Agency said eight persons died, while 34 others were rescued in the wreckage of the building that collapsed at about 10am.

The three storey building located at Number thirty six Massey street, Ita Faji area of Lagos Island came down at about ten o'clock on Wednesday morning.

NAN gathered that most of the victims were rescued from the rubble on Wednesday, but died at the General Hospital as doctors failed to save them.

Rescue workers and volunteers search for survivors amid the rubble of a collapsed building in Lagos Island, Nigeria.

He described the accident as unfortunate and noted that "all is being done by bringing in additional cranes to be able to go deeper than where we are now to rescue more lives.

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

Witnesses say almost two dozen children have been pulled from a collapsed building in Lagos, Nigeria.

In another official response, Titilayo Goncalves, a senior state health official, said 20 wounded are receiving treatment in some hospitals.

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday said he was saddened by the incident, which mostly affected children.

According to him, the collapsed building was one of the many buildings that were unfit for human habitation in Lagos Island.

"This incident has further highlighted the urgent need.to take urgent action on issues of safety in schools across the country", country director Hussaini Abdu said.

Lagos state Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode has said the building, which had been marked for demolition, was classified as residential and the school was operating illegally on the top two floors.

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

The building housed a school with about 100 pupils, they added. We all thought we were doing the best for them.

"We are still trying to find out how many are trapped inside" but probably scores of people, said police officer Seun Ariwyo.

Also reacting to the incident, Lagos State Building Control Agency LASBCA, said the building that caved in had been marked for demolition since previous year because it was discovered by the Agency to be distressed.

Onilenla said: "My friend has seven children also trapped in the rubble".

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