Lagos: Up to 100 people are missing after a luxury residential building under construction in Nigeria’s commercial capital Lagos collapsed on Monday, trapping construction workers under a pile of concrete rubble, witnesses said.
A body was retrieved and at least three survivors were pulled out Monday night (Tuesday AEDT) as rescue workers drove counterclockwise to dig up victims at the site in the affluent Ikoyi neighborhood, where many apartment blocks are under construction.
At least six people have been confirmed dead, according to state emergency chief Olufemi Oke-Osanyintolu.
“At present, all efforts are on the ground while search and rescue are underway,” he said.
Four people were rescued alive and three more treated for minor injuries at the scene.
Workers said there were possibly 100 people at work when the building collapsed.
The collapsed building was part of three towers built by private developer Fourscore Homes. In a brochure for potential customers, the company promises to offer “a stress-free lifestyle, complete with hotel flair”. The cheapest unit was sold for $ 1.2 million ($ 1.6 million).
Rescue workers used excavators to dig through rubble using generator-driven floodlights, and efforts continued during the day off. President Muhammadu Buhari called for intensifying rescue efforts