Nigeria building collapse: Buhari 'deeply saddened', 50 people rescued

US mourns victims of Lagos collapsed building

"There are over 1,000 distressed other buildings of this nature in Lagos, which, if nothing is done to demolish them, they will still collapse, resulting to more calamities in the state", said Kunle Awobodu of the Building Collapse Prevention Guild.

"We have been able to pull down the remaining part of the building", said Adebayo Kayende, spokesman for the Lagos state emergency agency.

"It looks like a dream to me".

After several hours of clawing through mountains of debris with bare hands, hammers and heavy equipment, approximately 37 people have been rescued from a building that collapsed Wednesday morning in the Nigerian city of Lagos.

Speaking to journalists after assessment, he said: "The incident is noted and investigations will be launched to forestall future occurences".

Olaniyan, said: "Some were rescued alive, some dead".

Footage from the scene showed a young boy, his face, arms and legs covered in dust, being lifted above the crowd and passed between adults to safety as people cheered around him.

Nigerian officials on Thursday halted search efforts a day after a school building collapsed in Lagos with an unknown number of children inside.

"I want to commiserate with the families of those who lost their lives in this collapsed building. That's why people stay in a building like that", she said.

Lagos Governor Akinwunmi Ambode confirmed that there had been some casualties in the building collapse, and 25 people have been rescued, Africanews reported.

"The Deputy Governor is in the hospital actually taking care of those that were rescued and taken to the hospital most especially the children".

"All we are interested in now is to save more lives and also see how those that have been rescued are put in proper place and proper care", he said.

Prominent Lagos builder and surveyor Alani Fasiu Amusa said the "unscrupulous activities" of some developers and property owners were to blame.

"They were quick to rescue one of the twins, which is Kehinde".

Some residents in the area, however, describe the address of the building as 14, Massey Street, Ita-Faji.

It is not yet known what caused the collapse of the three-story building in a densely crowded neighborhood at the heart of Nigeria' commercial capital, Lagos.

The number of deaths is still unconfirmed, but rescue efforts are on-going at the mixed-use building.

Building collapses are frequent in Nigeria, where regulations are poorly enforced and construction materials are often substandard.

In September 2014, 116 people died when a six-storey building collapsed in Lagos where a celebrity televangelist was preaching.

"LASBCA and other building regulatory authorities alone can not properly monitor to detect when buildings are defective or when illegal constructions are going on, without the support of the residents".

Rescue workers and emergency teams rush to the scene.

And two years later, at least 60 people were killed when the roof collapsed at a church in Uyo, the capital of Akwa Ibom state, in the east of the country.

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