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Death toll in Nigeria church collapse rises to 70

Wednesday, September 17, 2014 - 01:12

Nearly a full week after a building in a Nigerian church compound collapsed, killing at least 70 people, crews are still searching the rubble and an unknown number of pilgrims are still unaccounted for. Mana Rabiee reports.

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Crews are still searching for bodies, one week after a church building collapsed in the Nigerian capitol, Lagos, killing at least 70 people. Security camera video captured the moment the building came down. Emergency officials say more than 130 survivors have been rescued since the church guest house collapsed on September 12, but It's unclear how many others may still be buried in the rubble. The church was adding three extra stories to the two-story building. Church members initially prevented emergency officials from joining the rescue, making a death toll difficult to establish. (SOUNDBITE) (English) SPOKESMAN, NIGERIAN EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY, IBRAHIM FARINLOYE, SAYING: "The church management up till now have not estimated or given us any list of people trapped. So we are just working on blind guesswork." The Pentecostal church has a global following of Christians who believe its charismatic leader can perform miracles including raising the dead from the grave. As many as 300 South Africans were reportedly visiting the compound when the building collapsed. South African President Jacob Zuma says an unknown number of South Africans are still unaccounted for and called on the nation to grieve together.

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Death toll in Nigeria church collapse rises to 70

Wednesday, September 17, 2014 - 01:12