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Article Type: Disaster database From: Disaster Prevention and Management, Volume 17, Issue 2.
19 July 2006 Collapse of building, Lagos, Nigeria
A four-storey apartment building collapsed overnight in Nigeria’s commercial capital, and Red Cross officials helping pull bodies out of the rubble said today 11 people died. Red Cross official Timothy Oladene said 35 injured people had been rescued so far and sent by ambulance to several hospitals across the city. It was unclear how many people were in the building when it collapsed late yesterday, though an estimated 100 people lived there. Prince Oniru, an adviser to the Lagos state government on infrastructure, said the building was weak and blamed those who built it.
19 July 2006
A member of a rescue team says the death toll from the collapse of a four-storey building in central Lagos in Nigeria has reached 43. “Between Tuesday and today (Wednesday) [local time], we have so far recovered 43 bodies from the collapsed building,” a Red Cross official told Lagos-based Channels television. The report did not give the name of the Red Cross official. The report said scores of other residents of the building were still unaccounted for, and may have been buried in the rubble of the building. An initial report had said that at least 20 people were killed in the disaster while 50 others were injured. Witnesses say the building collapsed with a “bang” just as residents were coming home from work last night. The Red Cross initially said 20 bodies had been recovered while 50 injured people were pulled out of the rubble. Red Cross disaster officer Umar Mairiga says the figure can still change as rescuers are battling to save more people. Mr Mairiga says more than 100 people are believed to have been “either inside or around the vicinity” of the building when it collapsed. It contained 36 flats, a penthouse and some shops.