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Death toll in Nigeria high-rise collapse rises to 36 – Yahoo News

  • November 5, 2021
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Death toll in Nigeria high-rise collapse rises to 36 – Yahoo News

The death toll from the collapse of a high-rise building in an upscale area of Nigeria's commercial capital Lagos has risen to 36, the emergency services said Thursday.
The cause of the disaster is unknown but building collapses are tragically common in Africa's most populous country, where millions live in dilapidated properties and construction standards are routinely ignored.
The 21-storey building under construction in Ikoyi district crumbled on Monday afternoon, trapping dozens of people working on the site.
"So far, 36 people — 33 males and three female — have been confirmed dead, while there were nine survivors," Femi Oke-Osanyintolu, general manager of Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, told AFP.
Dozens of distraught family members and friends of people missing were still waiting outside the scene on Thursday as rescue operations continued, with two excavators digging through the rubble.
A woman hiding her face with a beige veil was praying, while another woman sat next to her crying.
The authorities have set up a stand where people can come and fill out a form with personal details and pictures of missing loved ones.
"I just filled the form… I feel so bad," said a man who arrived hours earlier from neighbouring Ogun state after hearing his brother, Michael Abdul, 27, a construction worker, was on site.
Four days into the rescue operation, sadness has replaced hope among many people waiting for news.
"Families are in shock… they don't know if people are dead or alive, it's very harsh," said Arlene Olawoyin, who is providing psychological support to those in need.
"Some are still in denial, especially the ones that found a body, and some are still hopeful, waiting."
The emergency services said Wednesday that 22 bodies had been recovered, but more were found later in the day.
Ibrahim Farinloye of the National Emergency Management Agency confirmed the new toll on Thursday.
He said rescuers "won't give up until we reach ground zero", adding that bigger equipment was brought in Tuesday evening for the operation.
The number of people on the site at the time of the collapse is still unknown.
Building collapses happen frequently in densely populated areas of Lagos, which is home to some 20 million people.
Two other smaller buildings in Lagos also collapsed on Tuesday following heavy rains, though no one was killed, Farinloye said.
Poor workmanship and materials and a lack of official oversight are often blamed.
Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu said Wednesday the incident was a "terrible national disaster", adding that "mistakes were made".
The governor said he was setting up an independent panel to probe the causes of the collapse and prevent similar incidents in the future.
Hopes are fading of finding survivors four days after a high-rise apartment block building under construction collapsed and trapped scores of people in the Nigerian commercial capital of Lagos, officials said. Ibrahim Farinloye, head of the national emergency unit in Lagos, said the death toll stood at 36. Building collapses are frequent in Africa's most populous country, where regulations are poorly enforced and construction materials often substandard.
Seven more bodies have been recovered from a high-rise apartment building that collapsed while under construction in Lagos, bringing the death toll to 43, a Nigerian Red Cross official said. Among the dead is Femi Osibona, a director of Fourscore Homes, the real estate company building the 21-story luxury tower, Segun Akande told The Associated Press. It is not known how many people remain missing but one construction worker at the scene estimated that 100 people were working there when it collapsed on Monday, meaning that 48 people could still be missing.
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The number of bodies recovered from a collapsed high-rise apartment building in Nigeria’s most populous city has risen to 36, an emergency official told The Associated Press Thursday. Ibrahim Farinloye of Nigeria's National Emergency Management Agency said 15 bodies more bodies have been recovered from the site in Lagos since Wednesday afternoon, including two earlier reported by AP. As the rescue effort entered day four Thursday, hopes started to grow thin for dozens of families and residents who lined up at the entrance of the premises and begged to join in the rescue effort, ignoring warnings by gun-wielding soldiers that they should stay away from the scene.
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The death toll from the collapse of a high-rise apartment building under construction in Nigeria’s most populous city has risen to 23 with two more bodies recovered Wednesday afternoon, authorities said. Segun Akande of the Nigerian Red Cross told The Associated Press that rescue efforts continue, but said there seemed to be little hope for those trapped in the heap of debris. Lagos Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu said it was unclear how long the rescue mission would continue.
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