The number of deaths from Tuesday’s collapsed building in Lagos has increased to six, NAN is reporting NEMA to have said.
But Kehinde Adebayo, spokesperson for state rescue agency LASEMA, messaged me on WhatsApp moments ago the death toll had risen to eight.
Both agencies said 15 people were rescued alive from the rubble. Five of the survivors are children.
An 11-year-old boy was pulled out of the debris alive at about 4.00 a.m. on Wednesday. Another 11-year-old boy was rescued alive on Tuesday after his legs were chopped off.
Rescue agencies were still at the venue this afternoon.
LASEMA said erection of a telecommunication mast very close to the building contributed to the collapse.
Reports say the collapsed building was held in place by two pillars with one sitting on a septic tank. The landlord is said to live in another building nearby.