Nigerian building collapses: Many feared trapped under rubble in Nigeria’s Kano State

Eight people have been rescued from the rubble so far, including one person who was pronounced dead at a local hospital, Nura Abdullahi, the local coordinator for the country’s National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), said on Tuesday.

One person was critically injured, he said. Six others were taken to the hospital and later released.

“The building was under construction but the ground floor was occupied,” Abdullahi told CNN, adding that it was believed that people were shopping there when the building collapsed.

The rescue operation continues to free those trapped in the collapse.

The building is located in the Beirut GSM market, famous for shops selling mobile phones and related accessories.

Three excavators were at the scene to assist in the rescue operation, Abdullahi said. It was unclear how many people were feared trapped inside the rubble, he added.

Building collapses are an alarmingly common occurrence in the country.

In November, at least 5 people died after a multi-storey building collapsed in the capital, Lagos.

And in 2019, the collapse of two separate buildings in Lagos, including a school housing, left dozens of people dead.

An expert told CNN at the time that more than 1,000 buildings were at risk of collapsing in the capital.