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Building collapse in Nigeria kills 10, scores trapped

14 March 2019

In Lagos, Nigeria on Wednesday, a building housing a school and apartments collapsed around 10:00 local time. At least ten people have been killed and many others still trapped. Shocked residents, onlookers and parents raced to the site to initiate rescue efforts before emergency workers had arrived.

Rescued victims were sent to The Lagos Island General Hospital for treatment where 41 people were confirmed to be in a stable condition. The school had 172 registered pupils. Local officials said it was difficult to give accurate casualty figures as the rescue operation was still ongoing. The exact cause of the collapse is yet to be ascertained. A government official said a thorough investigation into the incident will be launched.  Building collapses often occur in Lagos as some property developers fail to adhere strictly to building laws and regulations.