At Least 50 Feared Trapped In Lagos 21-Storey Building Collapse
Emergency response teams are on site as efforts to save trapped persons continue.
Following the collapse of a 21-Storey building in Nigeria’s commercial capital, Lagos, local reports have claimed that at least 50 persons are trapped under the rubble. The building which is located at the Gerrard Road, Ikoyi is reported to be under construction before collapsing on Monday.
Arise TV reports that the building owner alongside some construction workers were in the building when the collapse occurred at about 3pm (WAT) on Monday. Reports also say the developer of the luxury structure held meetings with prospective tenants in the property a day before its collapse.
With first responders and dispatch of heavy equipment to the collapse site, few persons believed to be construction workers have so far been rescued. Rescue operation by the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) and other emergency response teams are ongoing as part of efforts to rescue people trapped under.
A densely populated Lagos is prone to building collapses. In September 2014, a guest house located within the Synagogue Church Of All Nations (SCOAN) building in Ikotun-Egbe, Lagos State, collapsed, killing at least 115 people. There are several other building structure collapses in the African commercial hub.
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