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At least 5 dead after multi-story building collapses

Lagos, Nigeria– Rescuers are scouring the wreckage of a 22-story building that fell during construction in Lagos, Nigeria’s largest city. At least five people have died, and dozens more remain unaccounted for.

Despite the rain, rescuers and residents worked through the night, digging through wreckage and twisted metal, using floodlights. The wreckage has yielded six survivors. On Monday, a building of luxury apartments that had been partially constructed was demolished. The origin of the collapse is unknown, as is the number of persons trapped beneath the rubble.

Nigeria: Ikoyi building collapse leaves dozens missing

Many family are now anxiously awaiting word on whether their loved ones have survived near the crash site. Meanwhile, local officials have launched an investigation into the collapse and have promised to make the final report public. The building in Ikoyi’s affluent district collapsed around 14:45 local time (13:45 GMT).

Femi Adesina, a special adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari, said the president “commiserates with families who have lost loved ones”.

According to the development’s website, which has since been taken offline, it was part of a complex called 360 Degrees Towers, which was planned to hold luxury flats, town houses, and penthouses. Fourscore Homes Limited, which has projects in the United Kingdom, the United States, South Africa, and other parts of Nigeria, is developing the housing scheme.

Nigeria: Ikoyi building collapse leaves dozens missing

According to the Associated Press, construction worker Eric Tetteh, 41, said his crews were waiting for an excavator when the structure collapsed.

A witness working in an office building across the street told the BBC’s Outside Source that he heard a noise and “watched the building literally falling down floor by floor” as he glanced out his window.

According to the Associated Press, after visiting Lagos’ deputy governor Femi Hamzat, he was greeted by furious crowds who blamed authorities of failing to begin rescue efforts quickly enough. According to some stories, the structure was built many levels higher than it was supposed to be.

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