Nigeria building collapse - 100 children inside Lagos primary school

Building collapses in Lagos, school kids trapped, many feared dead

A three-storeyed building on Wednesday collapsed at the Itafaji area of Lagos Island.

Thus far, 19 people have been rescued alive, among whom are so seven school pupils and 12 adults.

The rescue operations are however, suffering hitches, as rescuers are finding it hard to gain access into the building with their equipments.

People spray water on a child who was rescued at the site of a collapsed building containing a school in Nigeria's commercial capital of Lagos Nigeria
Rescue efforts underway after Lagos school collapse

It was not known how many students had been in a primary school located on the building's top floor. A crowd erupted into cheers as another child was pulled from the wreckage.

Witnesses said almost two dozen children had been pulled alive from the rubble. Scores of children are thought to be inside.

It has been gathered that over 100 students are now still trapped in the rubble and are being dug out.

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One dust-covered child was pictured being carried out of the rubble, to cheers.

Onlookers crowded around in the densely populated neighborhood in Lagos, Nigeria's commercial capital and a city of some 20 million people. They cheered as the child was lifted out.

Hundreds of people stood in narrow streets and on rooftops of rusted, corrugated metal.

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Rescue workers are seen at the site of a collapsed building containing a school in Nigeria's commercial capital of Lagos, Nigeria, March 13, 2019.

There was no immediate information on any casualties.

Nigeria is frequently hit by building collapses, with weak enforcement of regulations and poor construction materials often used.

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