Children die after church collapses in Nigeria

At least three people, including two children, died on Tuesday night when a church collapsed on the outskirts of the southeastern Nigerian city of Asaba, while 18 others were rescued alive from the rubble, local police said on Wednesday.

The church collapsed on Tuesday night in Okpanam, a suburb of Asaba in Delta State, local police spokesman, Bright Edafe said.

He added, “Three people died – two girls and a woman,” he said. “Eleven of those rescued are still being treated in hospital.”

According to local media, the building collapsed during the evening service.

This is not the first time such an incident is happening in Africa’s most populous nation, where millions of people live in dilapidated buildings and building laws are routinely flouted.

The incident comes two months after a building under construction in Lagos collapsed, killing at least 45 people and causing national outrage.

Data collected by Nigerian researcher, Olasunkanmi Habeeb Okunola of South Africa’s Witwatersrand University shows that at least 152 buildings have collapsed in Lagos alone since 2005.

In 2014, the collapse of a church (Synagogue Church of All Nations) in the megalopolis, which claimed the lives of more than a hundred people, had particularly moved Nigeria.

Building collapses are common in Africa’s most populous nation, where millions live in dilapidated structures and construction standards are often flouted.

The building standards have been in the spotlight since a high-rise building under construction collapsed in Lagos in November last year, killing at least 45 people.

Since 2005, at least 152 buildings have collapsed in Lagos, a city of about 20 million people, according to a South African university researcher.

One of those incidents that sparked widespread anger was in 2014 when dozens of people died in a church collapse in Lagos. –africanews.com

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