Lagos building disaster leaves 10 dead
At least 10 people have died and many more are feared trapped after a building containing a school collapsed in Nigerian city of Lagos.
The school, which was on top floor of four-storey building in Ita Faji on Lagos Island, had more than 100 pupils, officials told.
About 40 pupils had been pulled out alive, officials said.
Building had been identified as “distressed” and listed for demolition, Lagos building officials said.
There were frantic scenes at site as rescuers and local men searched for survivors, and family members crowded the area in the hope of finding their loved ones alive.
The collapsed building was a residential block containing a number of apartments as well as the school, residents and rescue officials at the scene told.
Emergency teams pulled several injured pupils from rubble, but many worried parents at scene were unable to find their children, while others went to a local hospital to look for theirs.
Men from the local area were assisting rescuers but large crowds of people were hindering the rescue operation.
The Lagos State Building Control Agency confirmed to BBC that building had been marked and listed for demolition.