7 school pupils, 12 adults rescued alive from Lagos building collapse

Cheryl Sanders
March 13, 2019

Several victims, including school children are presently trapped under the rubbles of a three story building that suddenly collapsed in the morning at Ita-Faji area, Lagos Island.

"Last year, the government gave them a quit notice that the building was going to be demolished", the witness told The Guardian.

A Reuters reporter at the scene saw a boy of 10 being pulled from the rubble covered in dust but with no visible injuries.

Onlookers crowded around in the densely populated neighborhood in Lagos, Nigeria's commercial capital and a city of some 20 million people.

Many children are reportedly dead while others are trapped as at the time this report was filed.

An emergency agency spokesman said he had no information on casualties.

"The third floor of the building is housing a private school in the area".

Emergency and rescue teams are now at the scene of the incident, Pulse has learnt.

Workers on top of the rubble have been frantically shovelling away the debris.

There are cheers as a small child is pulled from the ruins of a collapsed three-story building in Lagos, Nigeria.

Building collapses are all too common in Nigeria, where new construction often goes up without regulatory oversight.

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