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At least 15 dead when tall buildings collapse in Nigeria

At least 15 dead when tall buildings collapse in Nigeria

The 21-storey high-rise building was under construction and collapsed Monday afternoon in a residential area of ‚Äč‚ÄčNigeria’s largest city. The building was one of three similar tall buildings. Rescue work was difficult and hampered by heavy rain.

Nine people have been rescued According to the authorities, rescue work continued through the night. Several people were injured.

How many of them were in the house is not clear. Witnesses say Reuters That there were probably as many as 100 people.

A construction worker at home.

Photo: Pius Otome Ekbe/AFP

The construction of 21 floors was approved. Consent was given three years ago.

– The problem was how to build it, the head of Nigeria’s National Disaster Authority, Ibrahim Farinloye, told the newspaper Daily Trust.

President Muhammad Bukhari He called on the authorities to intensify rescue efforts.

It is not uncommon for houses to collapse in Nigeria, as building regulations are not always complied with and building materials are of poor quality. In 2019, a school collapsed and 20 people died. Three years ago, at least 34 people died when a house under construction collapsed New York times.

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