At Least Four People Dead, Over 100 Trapped After 21-Story Building Collapses in Nigeria

People gather at the site of a collapsed 21-story building in Ikoyi, Lagos, Nigeria, November 1, 2021. REUTERS/Temilade Adelaja

A 21-story building under construction crumbled on Monday in Lagos, Nigeria’s financial capital and Africa’s largest city, leaving what workers said were as many as 100 construction workers trapped and at least four dead in the latest structural failure in a rapidly expanding metropolis.

The collapse occurred at about 2 p.m. in the upscale neighborhood of Ikoyi — where construction is booming — in a country where building materials are often of poor quality and construction standards are poorly enforced, according to experts.

Four people have so far been rescued from the site, according to Ibrahim Farinloye, the coordinator of the National Emergency Management Agency in Lagos state.

Many more people were feared to be trapped inside the rubble. Two workers at the scene told Reuters that 100 people were likely working at the site when the building gave way.

The scene was a replay of the structural collapses that have happened multiple times in recent years in Lagos, Nigeria’s financial hub. Experts have pointed to poor design, shoddy materials and the lack of or insufficient monitoring by inspectors as the leading causes of the accidents.

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SOURCE: The New York Times, Abdi Latif Dahir and Ismail Alfa