School collapse: About 50 persons rescued so far -LASEMA

LAGOS School children many others feared killed as 3-storey building colapses

School collapse: About 50 persons rescued so far -LASEMA

There are cheers as a small child is pulled from the ruins of a collapsed three-story building in Lagos, Nigeria.

Emergency rescuers trawled through the wreckage of the disaster, trying to save those still trapped in the building which housed, among other uses, a nursery school.

Emergency officials, including men of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), and the police among others, had raced to the scene shortly after the incident for rescue operations.

The rescue operations are however, suffering hitches, as rescuers are finding it hard to gain access into the building with their equipments.

The collapse happened at roughly 10am local time on Wednesday.

Frantic rescue efforts were underway in Nigeria after a three-story school building collapsed while classes were in session, with scores of children thought to be inside.

More than 40 people had been rescued "but for now I am not in a position to give the number of dead", Shina Tiamiyu, general manager of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, told The Associated Press.

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

The incident took place near Itafaji market on Lagos Island at around 10:00 am (0900 GMT).

One of them is Lagos Island, a densely-populated area which is one of the city's oldest neighbourhoods.

He added that the rescue team would remain on the scene until they can confirm that no one is left under the debris. And in 2016, more than 100 people died when the roof of a church in Uyo, in the south of Nigeria, caved in.

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