15 killed in Nigeria building collapse, many missing
Published: 11:48 AM, 3 November 2021
At least 15 people have been killed in a multi-storey building collapse under construction in the Nigerian capital, Lagos. Many people are still missing in this incident. Emergency rescue workers are continuing the rescue operation at the spot. However, none could confirm the exact number of missing persons.
Ibrahim Farinloye, a spokesman for Nigeria’s National Emergency Management Agency, told AFP that several more bodies had been recovered from the collapsed building. “So far 15 deaths, 9 people have been rescued alive,” he said.
Meanwhile, many are staying at the scene to search for the missing relatives. Fawas Sunny and Afolabi Sunny are waiting to know the news of their sister. “My sister was inside the building at the time of the accident,” Fawas said with tears in his eyes.
Authorities said the accident took place as the under-construction company constructed the building six more floors than approved.
Gbolahan Oki, general manager of the Lagos State Building Control Agency, said the 21-storey building was built with permission for a 15-storey building and the equipment used in the construction of the building did not “up to standard”.
The 21-storey building under construction in Echo, Lagos, collapsed Monday (November 1) local time. Rescuers began work immediately after the incident.
Four construction workers in the building told an international media outlet that many were working inside when the collapse occurred. There were at least 40 people in the building. “We saw the bodies of 10 people as we went into the rubble,” said Peter Ajabi, 26, a worker in the building. He also said that one of the dead was close to him.
“My brother and I survived,” said Eric Tethy, another construction worker who ran for his life. But at least 100 workers were working inside when the building collapsed.
Buildings collapse often occur in the densely populated country in Africa, Nigeria. Building construction policies are rarely followed in the country. There are also frequent allegations of adulterated and substandard construction materials.
Source: Al Jazeera