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3-storey building collapses in Nigeria with children inside

3-storey building collapses in Nigeria with children inside
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LAGOS, Nigeria -- Frantic rescue efforts were underway in Nigeria on Wednesday after a three-storey school building collapsed while classes were in session, with scores of children thought to be inside.

Associated Press video from the scene showed a dust-covered child being carried out of the rubble, to cheers. But another child was pulled out and slung over a rescuer s shoulder, limp and dangling.

Onlookers crowded around in the densely populated neighbourhood in Lagos, Nigeria s commercial capital and a city of some 20 million people.

Hundreds of people stood in narrow streets and on rooftops of rusted, corrugated metal. A single yellow excavator scooped at the ruins, a nest of rebar and dust.

Emotional, a number of shirtless men jumped in to offer assistance, hacksaws and mallets in hand. Some were barefoot. One held a water bottle in his teeth.

"For now we don t have any word on casualties as we are still busy with rescue work," he said.

Building collapses are all too common in Nigeria, where new construction often goes up without regulatory oversight.

The collapse comes as President Muhammadu Buhari, newly elected to a second term, tries to improve groaning, inefficient infrastructure in Africa s most populous nation.

"Nigeria s infrastructure is generally less than half the size than in the average sub-Saharan Africa country and only a fraction of that in emerging market economies," the International Monetary Fund has noted.

"The perceived quality of the infrastructure is low."

People help a child rescued from the scene of a building collapse in Lagos, Nigeria, on March 13, 2019. (AP)

In this image taken from video rescue workers and emergency teams work at the scene of a building collapse in Lagos, Nigeria, on March 13, 2019. (AP)
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