Buildings Razed With Little Warning After Nigeria School Collapse

LAGOS, Nigeria — Officials in Nigeria on Friday began demolishing unstable structures on Lagos Island near the site of a deadly building collapse, displacing residents who had little warning that will their homes might be destroyed.

The sound of sledgehammers rang out as construction crews fanned out across the area to begin the slow process of tearing down buildings — some marked which has a giant “X,” indicating that will they were unstable. About 100 structures were to be destroyed, officials said, along with scores of people were living in them.

Lagos, the most populous city on the African continent, is actually known for its poor urban planning, along with many Lagos Island residents said they believed they had little choice yet to live inside the buildings — even those that will were visibly listing along with scheduled for demolition.

The demolition began two days after the collapse of a three-story building housing a preschool, nursery school, apartments along with shops. On Friday, a health official told Reuters that will 20 people had been killed along with dozens more injured. Many of the dead were children.

“I didn’t know anything,” said Kehinde Balogun, who arrived at noon to find a giant hole inside the outside wall of her home. “I have 10 children. Where will I sleep? Where will I eat?”

She started off sobbing.

“They didn’t tell us anything before,” she said. “They told us the building was strong along with safe.”