At least eight children killed when the Nigerian school collapsed; Rescuers Attract survivors

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A school building collapsed in the Nigerian city of Lagos where at least eight children have been killed and an untold number of others have been traced, BBC News reported Wednesday.

The school, located on the top floor of the three-story building in Ita Faji on the island of Lagos, was used by more than 100 students, a rescue officer told the BBC.

Officials were able to retrieve about 40 students, but the search remained feverish for many more, BBC News reported.

The cause of the collapse is being investigated, according to the report.

The collapsed building is located on a residential block with a number of apartments next to the school, residents and rescue officers on site against BBC News.

While emergency teams pulled several injured students from the rubble, the report said, many concerned parents were unable to find their children on the spot, while others went to a local hospital to look for their children.

Local men assisted rescue workers, but large crowds hindered the rescue operation, BBC News reported.

Mohammed Muftau, a local resident who witnessed the collapse, told the BBC that the building had long since cracked and that there had been complaints about its safety.

At the general hospital on Lagos Island, chaos ensued when parents and relatives turned after every ambulance who arrived to see if there was a loved one in it, the report said. Many of the victims who were brought in were children in school uniforms.

Lagos Idiat Oluranti Adebule State Governor visited the hospital and expressed his condolences to the families of the victims and issued a call for calm, BBC News reported.

"We advocate their understanding of allowing the rescue team to do their job … so that the medical team can take immediate and immediate action as soon as patients are brought in," she told the BBC.

Ibrahim Farinloye, a spokesman for the National Emergency Management Agency, said, "It is believed that many people – including children – are locked up in the building," he told the families.

It is not unusual for buildings in Nigeria to collapse, BBC News reported. Materials are often below par and the enforcement of regulations is lax.

WN.com, Jack Durschlag