At least five people have died after a building still under construction in Nigeria’s capital, Lagos, with more than 20 stories collapsed on Monday. Four survivors were pulled out, after the rescue team and locals, scoured through a mound of rubble and twisted metal throughout the night.
It is unclear how many people were still in luxury apartments when it collapsed. Investigation into the cause of the collapse has begun and officials on the ground are evaluating possible damage to the surrounding structures.
Buildings collapsing in Africa is not a new phenomenon. Most affected African countries include Nigeria, Kenya and South Africa. It is estimated about 199 people have died in Nigerian collapsed buildings between 2014 and 2016 alone. We take a look at some of the collapsed buildings in Nigeria from 2012.
2012: 33 were reported dead in Lagos and 22 in Abuja after a building collapsed.
2013: 17 died in Lagos while 20 died in Abuja.
2014: 13 died in Lagos while 2 died in Abuja.
2017: more than 54 cases of collapsed buildings were recorded.