Nigeria school collapse: Children feared dead in Lagos building
Eight school children feared dead after a school building collapsed in Lagos on Wednesday, March 13, 2019. Scores of people are still trapped under the rubble.
The incident occurred in Ita Faji, Lagos Island.
The school occupied the top floor of the three-storey building. According to the BBC, at least 100 pupils attend the school, but as at the time of this report, eight children are already casualties.
Rescue efforts are ongoing, as volunteers and personnel from the National Emergency Management Agency are working to rescue people trapped under piles of concrete and metal.
The building housed the school as well as residential apartments.
While emergency teams are working to save the injured from underneath the rubble, frantic parents and guardians have already arrived at the scene.
A spokesperson for the National Emergency Management Agency, Ibrahim Farinloye, said the building collapsed at 9:00 GMT.
"It is believed that many people, including children, are currently trapped in the building," Mr. Farinloye said to newsmen.
Buildings collapses are frequent in Nigeria due to substandard materials and lax building regulation laws.
In December 2016, a church building collapsed in Uyo, Nigeria, claiming more than 100 lives.
We pray for everyone who is still trapped and for those who lost their loved ones.
News Source: BBC