Monday, November 29, 2021

Death toll in Lagos skyscraper collapse rises to 42

The death toll in a skyscraper collapse in Lagos, Nigeria, has risen to 42, while the number of survivors has risen to 15, state officials have announced.

The cause of Monday’s disaster is still unknown, but building collapses are common in Africa’s most populous country, where millions of people live in dilapidated properties and construction standards are routinely ignored.

“We have a total of 42 bodies that have been recovered,” Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu said late Saturday.

A 21-storey building under construction in Ikoi district collapsed on Monday afternoon, trapping dozens of people working at the site.

As of Friday, officials had said nine people had survived, some were rescued alive, while others on the ground floor had narrow escapes.

Over the weekend, the number of survivors rose to 15 after six more people who survived the collapse were identified.

The total number of people at the site is unknown, but Sanwo-Olu said 49 families had so far filed missing persons reports and “some bodies were being DNA-tested, which were difficult to identify.”

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The governor said money was set aside to help families cover burial fees and financial aid was also given to the survivors.

Officials said search and rescue efforts were on on Saturday.

The governor set up an independent panel to probe the cause of the collapse and announced three days of mourning from Friday.

Buildings collapse frequently in the densely populated areas of Lagos, which is home to about 20 million people.

Two other smaller buildings in Lagos also collapsed on Tuesday after heavy rain, although no one was killed.

Poor workmanship and materials and a lack of official oversight are often blamed.

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