Nigeria: dead and missing in the collapse of a high-rise building

Status: 02.11.2021 8:23 a.m.

In the Nigerian metropolis of Lagos, a 21-story building shell collapsed. At least six people were killed. According to eyewitness reports, up to 100 people are missing.

At least six people were killed on Monday in the collapse of a skyscraper still under construction in Nigeria’s largest city, Lagos. This was announced by the head of the state rescue service. Official Olufemi Oke-Osanyintolu said a search and rescue operation for survivors of the incident has been launched. Rescue workers searched the rubble with excavators.

Dozens of people are still believed to be under the rubble.


Many people suspected under the rubble

According to the civil protection agency, several people were injured. Dozens of people were suspected to be under the rubble, according to the rescue workers – the exact number is unclear, however. 28-year-old bricklayer Wisdom John told an AFP reporter that more than 50 people worked in the 21-story building, which was still under construction, on Monday. He was able to get himself to safety in time and got away with a few cuts. According to eyewitnesses, there were even more than 100 people in the building.

Lagos State Police Commissioner Hakeem Olusegun Odumosu said it was too early to guess what caused the collapse. Dozens of angry residents gathered at the scene of the accident. Many wept and criticized the slow pace of the rescue operations. Several soldiers held back a crowd of onlookers.

The search for those buried is ongoing. Heavy equipment is used to try to push the concrete slabs away.


Building collapses are not uncommon

Ikoyi is one of the more affluent residential and business districts in the metropolis of Lagos. Building collapses are not uncommon in Nigeria, as inferior materials are often used in construction and regulations are disregarded.

In 2014, more than 100 people were killed in the collapse of a church guest house in Lagos.

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