In Summary
  • Locals, firefighters and other emergency services workers picked through the rubble to find those trapped, in chaotic scenes.
  • The dilapidated building in the densely populated Lagos Island area of the city came down without warning on Wednesday morning.
  • School bags, toys and clothes were among the piles of rubble as a bulldozer tried to clear a path through wreckage.

Lagos,

Another body has been recovered from the rubble of a building housing a school that collapsed in Nigeria's biggest city, Lagos, rescue workers said Thursday, taking the death toll to nine.

"We worked through the night and one body was recovered," the southwest coordinator of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Ibrahim Farinloye, told AFP.

The dilapidated building in the densely populated Lagos Island area of the city came down without warning on Wednesday morning.

Locals, firefighters and other emergency services workers picked through the rubble to find those trapped, in chaotic scenes.

Thirty-seven people were rescued alive, Farinloye said on Wednesday night.

DEMOLITION

Lagos State governor Akinwunmi Ambode said the building had been earmarked for demolition and a nursery and primary school was being run illegally on one of its floors.

School bags, toys and clothes were among the piles of rubble as a bulldozer tried to clear a path through wreckage.

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