At Least Four Dead, Dozens More Trapped After Multi-Story Building Collapses in Nigeria

This article was updated at 2021-11-02 12:19.
At least four people have died after a 21-story building under construction collapsed in Lagos, Nigeria on Nov. 1.

According to authorities, the building collapsed at around 2:45 p.m. local on Gerrad Road in the Ikoyi neighbourhood.

At least three people have been rescued while dozens more are feared trapped inside, according to witnesses and authorities.

Construction workers at the scene told the media that about 100 people were likely working at the site when the building crumbled.

A statement from the Lagos State Government said that rescue operations are still ongoing with the rescue unit, fire service, and ambulance services at the scene.

The Lagos State Emergency Management Agency said that heavy-duty equipment and life-detection equipment have been dispatched.

However, crowds in the area accused authorities of not starting rescue efforts soon enough.

Hundreds of people were around the site, digging through the debris before rescue services arrived at the scene.

State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has ordered an investigation into the incident while Deputy Governor Kadri Obafemi Hamzat directed the site to be cordoned off.

The findings of the investigation will be released to the public in due course, the state government said.

The Lagos State Building Control Agency was also at the scene to assess any likely damage to the surrounding structures.

Olu Apata, a nearby resident, told CNN that the building has been under construction for the last two years and that the developer was at the site earlier in the day to meet with prospective buyers.

State emergency services officials in Lagos confirmed that there are now at least six deaths and hundreds of people missing. 

Rescue workers are now using excavators to dig through the rubble and generator-powered floodlights to look for more survivors. 

The retrieved bodies have been loaded onto a van while three survivors were rushed to nearby hospitals.

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