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Several dead, dozens feared trapped after high-rise collapses in Nigeria


A 21-story apartment building under construction has collapsed in an upscale area of Nigeria’s largest city Lagos, killing at least four people and leaving dozens more missing.

The collapsed building was part of three towers being built by private developer Fourscore Homes that promised to offer
The collapsed building was part of three towers being built by private developer Fourscore Homes that promised to offer “a stress-free lifestyle, complete with a hotel flair”.
(AP)

At least four people have been killed and dozens missing in Nigeria when a residential high-rise under
construction in the country’s commercial capital Lagos collapsed.

The luxury building collapsed on Monday, trapping several workers under a pile of concrete rubble, witnesses said.

Lagos Police Commissioner Hakeem Odumosu confirmed the deaths, but added that three survivors had been pulled from the rubble in Ikoyi by Monday evening. 

Officials arriving at the scene were confronted by crowds of people venting their anger that rescue efforts started several hours after the collapse.

Two workers at the site in the affluent neighbourhood of
Ikoyi, where many blocks of flats are under construction, told
Reuters that possibly 100 people were at work when the building
came crashing down.

There were heaps of rubble and twisted metal where the building once stood, as several workers looked on. 

Olayemi Bello told The Associated Press that five of his friends were trapped in the building and he feared the worst.

It was not immediately clear what caused the collapse.

Luxury building

The Lagos State Emergency Management Agency said it had activated its emergency response plan. 

“All first responders are at the scene while heavy duty equipment and life detection equipment have been dispatched,” the agency said in a statement.

The building was part of three towers being built by private
developer Fourscore Homes. 

In a brochure for potential clients,
the company promises to offer “a stress-free lifestyle, complete
with a hotel flair”. 

The cheapest unit was selling for $1.2
million.

Calls to the numbers listed for Fourscore Homes and the main
building contractor did not ring through.

Building collapses are frequent in Nigeria, Africa’s most populous country, where regulations are poorly enforced and construction materials often substandard.

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Source: TRTWorld and agencies





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