Lagos building collapse: 25 rescued
05 November 2013, 17:33
Lagos - Four people were killed and 25 others injured when a
four-storey building under construction in an upscale area of Nigeria's
economic capital Lagos collapsed, the head of the city's emergency services
said on Tuesday.
"A twin four-storey duplex in Victoria Island collapsed
on Monday. We brought out four dead bodies while 25 others with injuries were
rescued by our team," Femi Oke-Osayintolu, of the Lagos State Emergency
Management Agency (LASEMA), told AFP.
He said the victims - all construction workers - were on
site at the time of the incident on Victoria Island, where property is among
the most expensive in Africa.
The cause of the collapse was not immediately known.
"We have completed [the] rescue operation, The next
stage is to clear the debris after which an inquiry will be instituted to
determine the cause of the incident," Oke-Osayintolu added.
The injured were receiving treatment in hospital.
Building collapses are common in Nigeria because of the use
of sub-standard material and flouting of construction regulations.