2 dead, 8 rescued in Lagos building collapse

Agence France-Presse
The National Emergency Management Agency says the death toll would have been higher if the building had been fully occupied

DESERTED. An aerial view shows empty streets in Lagos on March 31, 2020, after Nigeria locked down its economic hub and its capital Abuja to curb the spread of the virus. Photo by Pierre Favennec/AFP

LAGOS, Nigeria – A two-story residential building under renovation collapsed overnight in Nigeria’s commercial hub Lagos, killing two and injuring 8, the emergency services said on Saturday, July 11.

Building collapses are tragically common in Nigeria, Africa’s most populous country, with millions living in dilapidated buildings and building regulations scarcely respected.

“The incident happened around 2:00 am. The building was under renovation by a property developer when it caved in,” Ibrahim Farinloye of the state-run National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) told Agence France-Presse.

“We have recovered two bodies and rescued 8 people who were seriously injured from the debris,” he said.

Farinloye said the death toll would have been higher if the building had been fully occupied.

“Most of the original occupants had vacated the building to allow for its renovation. Only a few occupants were inside the building when it collapsed.”

He said rescue workers had cleared the debris. – Rappler.com