Anguished families gather at the scene of a collapsed three-story building in the Nigeria’s densely populated commercial capital of Lagos on Wednesday. Emergency crews sifted through debris as night fell on frantic efforts to rescue scores of elementary schoolchildren and others feared trapped. At least eight people were confirmed dead and 37 others were rescued alive. As many as 100 children had been in the primary school on the building’s top floors, witnesses said. It was not immediately clear why the building collapsed, but such disasters are all too common in Nigeria, where new construction often goes up without regulatory oversight and floors are added to already unstable buildings.
(AP photo/Sunday Alamba)