Deadly building collapse in Nigeria

At least two people die in southern city of Lagos, with several rescued.

     

    What caused the building to collapse was not immediately apparent, and the police are yet to comment.

    Construction workers close by helped to remove the roof of the building to aid rescue attempts.

    Poor quality materials used in construction and negligible building standards in Nigeria are often blamed for such collapses.

    Buildings are often made with blocks of sand and cement scavenged from the ocean. Rain can subsequently cause degradation of these materials.

    At least three people died in July 2008 when a four-storey shopping centre in Abuja, the capital, collapsed.

    In 2006, 28 people were killed when another four-storey construction, with a restaurant, bar and shops, fell down in Lagos.

    SOURCE: Agencies


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    How different voting systems work around the world

    How different voting systems work around the world

    Nearly two billion voters in 52 countries around the world will head to the polls this year to elect their leaders.

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    Russian-Saudi relations could be very different today, if Stalin hadn't killed the Soviet ambassador to Saudi Arabia.

    The great plunder: Nepal's stolen treasures

    The great plunder: Nepal's stolen treasures

    How the art world's hunger for ancient artefacts is destroying a centuries-old culture. A journey across the Himalayas.