8 dead, 37 rescued in Nigeria school collapse

A child is rescued from the rubble of a collapsed building in Lagos, Nigeria, Wednesday March 13, 2019. Rescue efforts are underway in Nigeria after a three-storey school building collapsed while classes were in session, with some scores of children thought to be inside at the time. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)


A Nigerian emergency official says eight people are dead in a collapsed school building and 37 people have been rescued alive.

The statement by National Emergency Management Agency spokesman Ibrahim Farinloye does not say how many of the dead or rescued are children.

Witnesses have said up to 100 children could have been in the primary school when the three-story building in Lagos collapsed.

Rescue efforts are expected to continue into the night as hundreds of anxious people watch an excavator work under floodlights.

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