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Death Toll Rises To 23 In Nigerian Building Site Collapse

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A view of the rubble of the collapsed 21-story apartment building under construction in Lagos, Nigeria, Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2021. Authorities in Nigeria's largest city say the owner of a high-rise apartment building that collapsed suddenly has been arrested. The news came Tuesday as officials announced that 14 people had been confirmed dead following Monday's accident. Dozens of others are believed to still be trapped in the rubble of the 21-story building that was under construction in the Ikoyi area of Lagos. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)

(AP) — The death toll from the collapse of a high-rise apartment building under construction in Nigeria’s most populous city has risen to 23, the Lagos state governor says, as rescue crews continue to seek surviving workers in the rubble. Nine people had been saved as of Tuesday but no new survivors had been found so far on Wednesday.

The previous official death toll, released early Tuesday afternoon, had been 14. Authorities have arrested the property’s owner, saying that his building permit only allowed for a 15-story structure. An investigation is also under way into whether there were lapses by state regulators in overseeing the project. The building collapsed Monday.

 

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