4 dead, 25 rescued in building collapse in Nigeria

Police officers, rescue workers and onlookers gather near the site of a building under construction which collapsed in Lagos, Nigeria, Monday, Nov, 4. 2013. Emergency officials said casualty figures from the incident were unclear as they continued their search for survivors. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)
November 5, 2013 7:19:35 AM PST
An emergency official says four people were crushed to death and 25 rescued from the rubble when a four-story building under construction collapsed in the Nigerian economic center of Lagos.

General manager Femi Oke-Osanyintolu of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency said Tuesday they had sealed off the building site on upmarket Victoria Island.

Several workers injured when the top floor of the building collapsed on Monday have been hospitalized.

Such accidents are frequent in this West African nation where corruption is endemic and building contractors often use inferior products and cut corners. Dozens of people have died in collapsed buildings this year.


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