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Many children feared dead as three-storey building reportedly collapses in Lagos

13 March 2019

The building was a mixture of residential apartments and classrooms, according to local media.

"It is believed that many people including children are now trapped in the building", Ibrahim Farinloye, spokesman for the National Emergency Management Agency, said as cited by Reuters.

Rescue efforts are underway in Nigeria after a three-storey building school building collapsed while classes were in session.

A resident of the area, Prince Adams, who spoke with Punch Nigeria on the telephone, said no fewer than 10 pupils had been removed from the rubble so far.

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The building collapse was also confirmed by Kehinde Adebayo, the spokesperson for the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency.

It was not immediately clear what had caused the collapse.

Emergency and rescue workers are now at the scene of the incident.

The building, situated at Massey Street at the Adeniji Adele area of Lagos Island caved in at about 9:45 am on Wednesday. In 2016, more than 100 people were killed when a church came down in southeastern Nigeria.

Many children feared dead as three-storey building reportedly collapses in Lagos