School children feared dead after Lagos building collapses


School children are among those feared trapped in a building that collapsed in Nigeria's commercial capital of Lagos on Wednesday morning (local time), an emergency agency spokesman said.

Associated Press video from the scene showed a few dust-covered children carried from the rubble, to cheers. Many more children are thought to be inside.

Many children and persons are trapped in the collapsed building. Onlookers crowd around in the densely populated neighborhood in Lagos, Nigeria's commercial capital. A yellow excavator scooped at the ruins.

A resident of the area, who claimed he witnessed the collapse, said that rescue workers brought four pupils out of the rubbles dead.

Materials are often sub-standard and there is weak enforcement of regulations, correspondents say.

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In Lagos that same year, a five-story building still under construction collapsed, killing at least 30 people.

"The third floor of the building is housing a private school in the area", said Farinloye, adding that the three-storey building came down at around 10 a.m. local time.

"Nigeria's infrastructure is generally less than half the size than in the average sub-Saharan Africa country and only a fraction of that in emerging market economies", the International Monetary Fund has noted.

In 2016, more than 100 people died when the roof of a church in Uyo, in the south of Nigeria, caved in.