Multiple Workers Trapped Under Collapsed Skyscraper in Nigeria: Witnesses

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LAGOS – A luxury residential skyscraper under construction in Lagos, Nigeria’s commercial capital, collapsed on Monday, trapping several workers under a pile of concrete rubble, witnesses said.

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Two site workers in the affluent Ikoyi neighborhood, where many apartment blocks are being built, told Reuters that possibly 100 people were working when the building collapsed.

Building collapses are common in Nigeria, Africa’s most populous country, where regulations are poorly enforced and building materials are often poor.

There were piles of debris and twisted metal where the 20-story building once stood, as several workers watched. One man lamented and said that his relative was among those trapped.

It was not immediately clear what caused the collapse.

The building was part of three towers being built by private developer Fourscore Homes. In a prospective client brochure, the company promises to offer “a stress-free lifestyle with a hotel flair.” The cheapest unit was selling for $ 1.2 million.

Calls to the numbers listed for Fourscore Homes and the prime construction contractor did not ring.

The Lagos State Emergency Management Agency said it had activated its emergency response plan. “All first responders are on site while heavy equipment and life detection kits have been dispatched,” the agency said in a statement.

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