Rescue workers and security personnel gather at the site of an under-construction building collapse in Oniru, Lagos, Nigeria September 4, 2022. REUTERS/Temilade Adelaja

LAGOS, Sept 4 (Reuters) – Two people died after a seven storey building under construction collapsed in Nigeria’s commercial capital Lagos in the early hours of Sunday and rescue efforts were underway to find survivors, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency said.

The building was being constructed next to a hospital in the neighbourhood of Oniru, said the agency’s chief executive Olufemi Oke-Osanyintolu, adding that at least four people were still trapped under the rubble.

A rescue worker remove debris from the site of an under-construction building collapse in Oniru, Lagos, Nigeria September 4, 2022. REUTERS/Temilade Adelaja
Rescue workers and security personnel gather at the site of an under-construction building collapse in Oniru, Lagos, Nigeria September 4, 2022. REUTERS/Temilade Adelaja
Rescue workers remove debris from the site of an under-construction building collapse in Oniru, Lagos, Nigeria September 4, 2022. REUTERS/Temilade Adelaja
People watch rescue operations after an under-construction building collapsed in Oniru, Lagos, Nigeria September 4, 2022. REUTERS/Temilade Adelaja
A rescue worker gestures at an excavator operator as they search for survivors at the site of an under-construction building collapse in Oniru, Lagos, Nigeria September 4, 2022.

Reuters witnesses saw large earth-moving equipment removing debris as a crowd watched.

Building collapses are frequent in Africa’s most populous country, where regulations are poorly enforced and construction materials often substandard.

Reporting by Fikayo Owoeye, Seun Sanni and Temilade Adelaja, Editing by Raissa Kasolowsky

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Source: Reuters

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