At least 20 dead after children caught in Nigeria school collapse

At least 20 people we killed, most of them children, however 43 people were rescued alive. Credit: AP

Twenty people have been confirmed dead in a school building that collapsed in Nigeria, most of them children.

Lagos state health commissioner Jide Idris said 43 other people were rescued alive.

At least 20 people we killed, most of them children, however 43 people were rescued alive.

Officials have said the three-storey residential building had been marked for demolition and the school was operating illegally on the top two floors.

Footage showed rescuers carrying several dust-covered, stunned-looking children from the debris, to cheers from hundreds of people who had rushed to the scene.

A number of shirtless men – hacksaws and mallets in hand – were seen to jump in to offer help to the rescue workers.

Rescue crews halted their search on Thursday, to the anger of some at the scene, saying they had reached the building’s foundation without finding any other victims.

Several children were rescued from the wreckage.

Building collapses are common in the West African nation, where new construction often goes up without regulatory oversight.

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