The dead toll from the collapsed high-rise building on Gerrard Road in Ikoyi, Lagos, has risen to 36 people.
The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) acknowledged this on Thursday morning according to Channels Television.
“So far, 36 people – 33 males and three female — have been confirmed dead, while there were nine survivors,” Acting Coordinator of the Lagos Territorial Office of the NEMA, Mr Ibrahim Farinloye wrote in a message to journalists.
The survivors include one female and eight male.
The rescue attempt for individuals trapped in the wreckage of the 21-story building that collapsed on Monday afternoon, trapping dozens of people, is still underway.
Three days after the accident, families and relatives of those trapped under the rubble have remained at the scene, clinging to hope and seeking answers.
When Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu visited the scene on Wednesday afternoon, he put the death toll at 21.
The cause of the collapse is unknown, however the governor has stated that there were apparent infractions and “mistakes from all sides” in the catastrophe.
He has established a panel of inquiry into the incident and has promised that those found accountable after the panel’s investigations will face punishment.