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People spray water on a child who was rescued at the site of a collapsed building containing a school in Nigeria's commercial capital of Lagos, Nigeria, on March 13, 2019.

The lady who was equally happy about the rescue of the school child pointed out that many pupils were still trapped in the building.

Local media reported the building houses a school, and more than 40 people were rescued, though it is not yet clear if there are any casualties.

The total number of deaths from the incident remains as yet unknown, but it is sure to be more than eight people now reported by emergency agency officials.

Many locals said that the building, which was in an advanced state of disrepair, had been "earmarked" for demolition by the authorities in Lagos state.

Tragedy struck, as the three storey building housing a school collapsed, killing and trapping many.

Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Jide Idris, who confirmed the casualty figure, said numerous rescued were taken to Lagos Island General Hospital, Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH) and Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), among others.

"We are getting additional cranes to be able to go deeper than where we are now to rescue more lives", said Lagos state governor Akinwunmi Ambode in a statement.

While some neighbours called it Baden, others said it was Ohen Nursery and Primary School.

Residents are continuing the search convinced there are more bodies under the rubble
Residents are continuing the search convinced there are more bodies under the rubble

The governor said his deputy, Oluranti Adebule, had also visited the hospitals where some of the victims rescued had been taken to, saying the state government would immediately take over their treatment and foot their entire bill.

The school is located within a three-storey building.

It is not yet known what caused the collapse of the three-story building in a densely crowded neighborhood at the heart of Nigeria' commercial capital, Lagos.

Mr Adekanmbi said the meeting was necessary as a platform for comprehensive deliberation among the players, on how to tackle the issue of building collapse in Lagos State.

Residents said around 100 children had attended the school, which was on the top levels of the building, and that eight had been rescued so far.

School bags, toys and clothes could be seen among the piles of rubble as a bulldozer tried to clear a path through some of the wreckage to help the rescue efforts.

In 2014, more than 70 people died after a two-story guest house in a church collapsed in Lagos.

An inquiry found extra floors had been added without planning permission.

‍Cases of collapsed buildings often occur in Lagos, Nigeria's economic hub, as some property owners and developers do not adhere strictly to planning and building laws and regulations.

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