Nigeria: Five people have died after a building with more than 20 stories collapsed in an upmarket area of Nigeria’s economic hub, Lagos, on Monday.
The building was located on Gerald Road in the city’s opulent Ikoyi neighborhood, The site is a construction site for luxury apartments. It is unclear how many were inside when it fell to the ground, but people are feared to be trapped inside.
Search operations from multiple agencies continued through the night and into Tuesday morning. The Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) confirmed the five deaths in its Facebook post on Tuesday. It did not specify how many people are currently missing.
“I thought it was an earthquake when I rushed out of my apartment just after 3 p.m. I felt the building move and knew something was wrong,” Olu Apata, a nearby resident and the president of the Nigerian Bar Association.
Apata said the building has been under construction for the past two years and that the developer was at the site meeting with prospective buyers earlier on Monday.
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