Residents trapped in Nigerian building collapse

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  • Saturday, 25 Jul 2020

LAGOS, July 24 (Xinhua) -- A two-story building has collapsed in the Ebute Metta area of Lagos, Nigeria's economic hub on Friday, trapping residents inside and leaving some injured.

Hakeem Baba, a resident told Xinhua that operatives of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) are currently trying to rescue the residents.

The collapsed building houses shops and other residential apartments, Baba said.

There are growing concerns over rising cases of collapsed buildings in the nation's business hub.

On July 11, three people were confirmed dead when a three-story building collapsed at Freeman Street on Lagos Island.

Two children had earlier died when a building collapsed in the Ogudu area of the state.

Collapsed buildings are sometimes linked to poor quality of construction materials and non-involvement of professionals in the building process.

In June, the Lagos state government sealed off 42 buildings in the Lekki area over non-adherence to proper planning.

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