At Least 15 People Dead as Rescuers Continue Search for Survivors After 22-Story Building Collapses in Nigeria

A rescue worker is seen on an excavator as search and rescue effort continues at the site of a collapsed building in Ikoyi, Lagos, Nigeria November 2, 2021. REUTERS/Temilade Adelaja

Rescuers are searching for survivors in the wreckage of a 22-storey block that collapsed under construction in Nigeria’s largest city, Lagos.

Authorities say at least 15 people have died and dozens more are missing.

Rescue workers at the site say they have heard more voices from under the rubble. Nine people have been pulled out alive so far.

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The partially built block of luxury apartments came down on Monday but what caused the collapse remains unclear.

Overnight, despite the heavy rain, people used floodlights to continue the search digging through debris and twisted metal.

Ibrahim Farinloye of Nigeria’s National Emergency Management Agency told the Agence France-Presse news agency that rescue workers have been communicating with several survivors still trapped in the rubble.

Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari urged workers at the scene “to step up” rescue efforts in a statement on Monday night.

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