Dozens trapped in Nigeria school collapse, 8 dead
LAGOS, Nigeria — Emergency crews sifted through debris as night fell on frantic efforts to rescue scores of schoolchildren and others feared trapped inside a three-story building that collapsed Wednesday in Nigeria’s densely populated commercial capital, Lagos. At least eight people were confirmed dead and 37 others were rescued alive.
Anguished families crowded around the flattened remains of the building, which housed an elementary school, holding out hope that more children would still be found alive in the wreckage.
Scenes of jubilation erupted earlier in the day when a man was brought out alive. But the mood shifted dramatically an hour later when another man was brought out dead.
As many as 100 children had been in the primary school on the building’s top floors, witnesses said.