Ikoyi Building Collapse: Provisional Approval Not Given Before Construction Started – LASBCA

A high-rise building in Ikoyi, Lagos, collapsed on November 1, 2021.
A photo collage of the collapsed building in the Ikoyi Area of Lagos State. Source: Facebook/LASEMA

 

The Lagos State Building Control Agency (LASBCA) has told a coroner inquest inquiring into the Nov.1 collapse of the 21-storey building at Gerard Road, Ikoyi, Lagos that construction of the three high-rise blocks began months before provisional approval was granted.

Counsel for LASBCA, Mr A.S Odugbemi, made the assertion while questioning Mr Muritala Olawale, the Managing Director of Prowess Engineering Nigeria Ltd.

Olawale was a former consultant structural engineer to the project. He withdrew his services via a letter dated Feb. 20, 2020, over disputes on how the project was structurally executed.

At the coroner’s proceedings, Odugbemi disputed the contents of paragraph 17 of Olawale’s Statement on Oath to the Inquest stating that late Femi Osibona, the Managing Director of Fourscore Heights Ltd, had informed his team that he had received provisional approval for the project’s construction.

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According to Olawale’s Statement on Oath, Osibona showed his team a copy of the provisional approval from the Lagos State Government and ordered them to commence construction on the site.

Disputing Olawale’s claims, Odugbemi said that LASBCA never granted Osibona a provisional planning permit when the team moved to the site to commence construction in January 2019.

He stated that LASBCA granted provisional approval in April 2019.

“Will you be surprised if evidence is provided to you right now that work had started before the provisional planning approval was granted in April 2019?” Odugbemi said.

Responding, Olawale said “I will be surprised. All the approval processes were being handled by the client (Osibona).”

Olawale did not give a specific answer to Odugbemi’s query on whether the three high-rise blocks were covered by a general insurance policy as required by law.

He, however, informed the panel that prior to construction, a soil test was conducted at the site by another company contracted to do the job.

“We have submitted the result of the soil test of the site to other panels investigating the collapse,” he said.

Of the three high-rise buildings (Blocks A, B, and C) which were situated on Gerard Road, Ikoyi, Lagos, Block B (21-storeys) collapsed on Nov. 1 killing 46 persons while 15 persons were rescued alive.

One of the deceased was Mr Femi Osibona, the Managing Director of Fourscore Heights Ltd, the contractor of the project.

At Least 20 Trapped In China Building Collapse

A picture of the Chinese flag.
A picture of the Chinese flag.

 

At least 20 people were trapped in the rubble of a collapsed building after an explosion on Friday in the Chinese city of Chongqing, according to state media.

The blast at 12:10 pm (0410 GMT) was caused by a “suspected gas leak” and led to the collapse of a neighbourhood committee building housing a canteen, the state-run People’s Daily reported.

People having lunch at the time were trapped, state news agency Xinhua said.

Nine people have been rescued from the rubble so far, according to the fire department.

It posted a video on its official Weibo page showing orange-clad workers in hard hats climbing through a tangle of cables, bricks, and concrete.

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Some of the injured people have been taken to hospital for treatment, said Xinhua, without giving further details of their condition.

Footage posted on social media by state broadcaster CCTV showed smoke and dust billowing from the collapsed building in Wulong district on the outskirts of the southwestern megacity.

The scene of the blast appeared to be in the middle of other buildings and was surrounded by a crowd of bystanders.

Authorities have sent around 260 rescue workers and 50 vehicles to the site, CCTV said, adding that the cause of the blast was still under investigation.

Heavy lifting and excavation equipment have also been sent to the scene.

Another clip by Xinhua showed dozens of rescuers in military fatigues jogging along a road to the accident site carrying shovels over their shoulders.

‘Blown To Pieces’

Local authorities have set up an “on-site emergency response headquarters” to direct the rescue work and provide medical treatment, the People’s Daily reported.

An eyewitness told state-run Phoenix TV that the blast was “very scary… our windows have all been blown to pieces”.

Officials have demanded the “fastest possible rescue” and ordered service personnel to “spare no effort to rescue the injured and strictly guard against secondary disasters”, the newspaper said.

Gas leaks and explosions are not uncommon in China, due to weak safety standards and corruption among officials tasked with enforcement.

In June, 25 people were killed in a gas blast that ripped through a residential compound and struck a busy two-storey building packed with shoppers.

Eight suspects, including the general manager of the company that owned the gas pipe, were detained after the government said “the company’s safety management system was unsound”.

The same month, 18 people were killed and more injured when a fire broke out at a martial arts school, with state media reporting that all the victims were boarding school pupils.

AFP

Tribunal Awaits Results Of Tests On Ikoyi Building Materials

A high-rise building in Ikoyi, Lagos, collapsed on November 1, 2021.
A high-rise building in Ikoyi, Lagos, collapsed on November 1, 2021.

 

The Lagos State Tribunal Inquiry into the collapse of a 21-storey building in the Ikoyi area of the state has said it is awaiting the results of the tests conducted on the construction materials.

Mr Toyin Ayinde, the Chairman of the panel stated this on Monday during a press conference held at the Lagos State Waterways Authority Terminal Building, Ikoyi.

He said that the panel has conducted interviews with several eyewitnesses and stakeholders and would update the public on its proceedings.

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“The tribunal began formal interviews with witnesses from Tuesday, 16th November 2021, in order to identify the roles played in the activities that led to the collapse of the building and received the report from the consultants who conducted verticality tests on the remaining structures standing in the premises of the collapsed building. The results of the tests on the construction materials are still being awaited,” Ayinde said.

“The interviews conducted have been recorded for the purpose of record-keeping, and the tribunal would meet as many as are willing to present credible and factual statements, with evidence(s), relating to the collapse.

“The tribunal’s mode of communication would be to brief the media through press releases as and when required, so that the public may be aware of the conduct of the proceedings. As we proceed, we expect your cooperation and we hope that we will, together with all stakeholders, be able to solve this problem on a permanent basis.”

The tribunal which consists of six professionals in the private sector was set up by Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu and began sitting immediately after its inauguration on Thursday, November 4.

See the press statement issued by the Tribunal below:

FIRST PRESS CONFERENCE HELD BY THE TRIBUNAL OF INQUIRY INTO THE COLLAPSE OF THE 21-STOREY BUILDING AT 44 BCD, GERRARD ROAD, IKOYI ON MONDAY, 22ND NOVEMBER, 2021 AT THE SECRETARIAT OF THE TRIBUNAL, LASWA TERMINAL BUILDING, FIVE COWRIE CREEK, IKOYI-LAGOS

PROTOCOLS

You will all recall the sad incident of the collapse of a 21-floor structure at 44 B,C,D Gerrard Road in Ikoyi area of Lagos State, where a number of our compatriots lost their lives. Our hearts go out to the bereaved families and we should at this point observe a moment’s silence in honour of these fellow citizens. We pray that God would repose the souls of the departed.

Following the unfortunate incident, the Governor of Lagos State inaugurated a 6-man Tribunal of Inquiry for the purpose of:

  1. a) Determining the cause(s) of the collapse of the 21-storey building under construction;
  2. b) Determining whether there was full compliance with the Physical Planning, building, building materials testing, Laws and regulations in Lagos State by the developer or by any other person;
  3. c) Determining whether there was any supervisory, oversight or enforcement lapses on the part of any of the relevant regulatory authorities in the State;
  4. d) Investigating and procuring from all listed professionals on the project their contracts of service, drawings, minutes of site meetings, schedules and all other relevant documents that may assist in the inquiry;
  5. e) Investigating and conducting necessary tests on materials used for the construction of the collapsed building;
  6. f) Obtaining and scrutinizing all project drawings and specifications filed and submitted by the Developer to the Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development and its sister agencies for Building and Urban Development Permits/Approvals with respect to the collapsed building;
  7. g) Making recommendations on how to best ensure the safety of the construction space and prevent building collapse in Lagos State, both for development of projects and to ensure an effective and efficient regulatory environment;
  8. h) Recommending disciplinary action or prosecution of any person or corporate body found culpable, and
  9. i) Investigating any other matters incidental to any of the Terms of Reference stated above.

The Tribunal was given 30 days to complete its task.

The purpose of this Press Conference is to apprise the Press, and the general public, of what the Tribunal has done so far, and what our activities are likely to be in the remaining days ahead.

The Tribunal which comprises six professionals in the private sector, and who are certified members of their professions, began sitting immediately after its inauguration on Thursday, 4th November, 2021. There may have been concerns or agitations about why the Tribunal has not spoken to the Press. We will like to state that members of the Tribunal are professionals, and our calling demands that we make statements from informed and verified positions. We are compelled to speak only when investigations have been made, reports and documents submitted, queried, analysed and discussions held with relevant stakeholders.

So far the activities of the Tribunal have included:

  1. Setting up the Secretariat and arranging logistics for the successful conduct of activities;
  2. A visit to the site of the collapse on Friday, 5th November, for a general assessment of the rescue operations, and to determine areas where expert consultants’ services would be required.
  3. A visit to the General Hospital, Broad Street to interview some of the survivors who could offer some eyewitness accounts.
  4. Engaging the services of consultant building materials testing laboratory for the purpose of addressing item (e) of the TOR;
  5. Engaging the services of a consultant Land Surveyor to conduct verticality tests on the remaining structures within the premises of the collapsed building;
  6. Writing the relevant Government MDA’s to request for all files and documentation relating to the collapsed building.
  7. Writing to all consultants and developer/contractors associated with the project on 44 B,C,D Gerrard Road, Ikoyi; and
  8. Listing more than 30 stakeholders relevant to the construction industry and the collapsed building, whose views, position papers and recommendations would be received and considered. Those that the Tribunal consider necessary to chat with would be invited.

PROCEDURE FOR TRIBUNAL SITTING

The Tribunal would like to state that some documents have been received from some government MDA’s and members have started studying them. We have also interviewed some of the LASG staff in the relevant MDA’s. We however appeal to members of the public, professional bodies and construction industry stakeholders, as well as individuals who have useful information and invite them to submit memoranda which have direct bearing on the particular issue being investigated, as well as their recommendations to prevent future occurrence.

The Tribunal can be reached through the email address: [email protected]

This is where all memoranda, recommendations and submissions can be sent to on or before Wednesday, 24th November, 2021.

The Tribunal began formal interviews with witnesses from Tuesday, 16th November, 2021 in order to identify the roles played in the activities that led to the collapse of the building, and received the report from the consultants who conducted verticality tests on the remaining structures standing in the premises of the collapsed building. The results of the tests on the construction materials are still being awaited.

The interviews conducted have been recorded for the purpose of record-keeping, and the Tribunal would meet as many as are willing to present credible and factual statements, with evidence(s), relating to the collapse.

The Tribunal’s mode of communication would be to brief the Media through Press releases as and when required, so that the public may be aware of the conduct of the proceedings. As we proceed, we expect your cooperation and we hope that we will, together with all stakeholders, be able to solve this problem on a permanent basis.

Thank you all.

TPl. Toyin Ayinde

Chairman

Four Dead, Others Trapped As Another Building Collapses In Lagos

badagry-building-collapse
A screengrab showing rubbles of the collapsed building.

 

Four persons have died and five others rescued as a building under construction collapsed in the Badagry area of Lagos State on Wednesday.

The Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), confirmed the figures in an update.

“Nine Casualties who were construction workers were recorded of which five adult males were rescued and taken to the hospital for medical treatment while four adult males were recovered dead from the rubbles and taken to Badagry General Hospital by Police Officers from Area K in the company of family members for documentation,” the agency posted on its social media handle.

Earlier,  the Lagos State Fire and Rescue Service had said that the victims were rescued with varying degrees of injury but in stable condition and been taken to nearby hospitals for treatment.

“However, 4 (four) adults male have been recovered (unconscious) thus far as the Nigerian Police, Morogbo Division, and the community dwellers are complementing the efforts of the Lagos State Fire and Rescue Service,” the Director of the Lagos State Fire and Rescue Service, Margaret Adeseye, said about the building located at Sunny Filled, Flour Mills, Estate, Magbon in Badagry.

In the update, the agency said efforts were ongoing to rescue other people trapped in the building.


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Wednesday’s incident is coming two weeks after a 21-storey structure collapsed in the Ikoyi area of the state. Over 40 persons died in the incident with several others injured.

The development elicited reactions from many quarters with Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State admitting that “mistakes were made from all angles”.

“This is an event that could be described clearly as a national disaster. Mistakes were made from all angles,” the governor said, days before he set up a Tribunal of Enquiry to probe the incident.

Sanwo-Olu added that “the panel’s terms of reference also include ascertaining whether there was a compromise of the building codes by the developer, his contractor, and statutory regulatory agencies.

“The panel will be finding out who the culprits are. The investigation will start with the heads of regulatory agencies.

“Be rest assured that if there are other people found wanting in the course of the investigation, everybody will face the full wrath of the law.”

Three Killed In Algeria Building Collapse

File photo of an Algerian flag.

 

Three people were killed and two children injured in a building collapse in Algeria following heavy rainfall, rescue services said Wednesday.

The building collapsed in the Algiers suburb of Bologhine on Tuesday, following a landslide caused by torrential rain that hit the capital and several other Algerian cities.

Three bodies, two men and a woman, were recovered from the rubble, civil protection services said in a statement, adding that two children were found injured.

In March, flooding due to torrential rains in the northwest of the country resulted in six deaths, five of them children.

In May, seven people were killed in various provinces during flooding after heavy downpours.

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Ikoyi Building: Death Toll Rises To 42, Says Sanwo-Olu

A high-rise building in Ikoyi, Lagos, collapsed on November 1, 2021.
The high-rise building in Ikoyi, Lagos, collapsed on November 1, 2021.

 

The casualty figures in the collapsed high-rise in the Ikoyi area of Lagos have reached 42. 

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State disclosed the figures during a visit to the site on Saturday.

“There are additional six people that we’ve also been able to identify and who were on site when the building collapsed,” he said during the visit.

“They were taken to the Police Hospital in Falomo for treatment and some of them have been discharged. We have taken the full records of survivors in the incident. And this gives a total of 15 people rescued alive. We have a total of 42 bodies that have been recovered.”


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Ikoyi Building Collapse: Corpses Ready For Identification By Families, Says LASG


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Governor Sanwo-Olu during a visit to the site of the collapsed Ikoyi building on Saturday, November 6, 2021. Photo: Lagos State Government.

 

While giving further details about the survivors, the Lagos leader gave their names and age as a 38-year-old woman, Glory Samsom; Ndajor Ahmed, Yunusa Abubaka, Ajiboye Habib, Jeremiah Samson, and a man simply identified as Emem.

According to the governor, while many of the survivors sustained wounds of varying degrees, 20-year-old Samson is in a coma.

He said 49 families had so far filled the missing persons’ register as of Saturday morning, explaining that the register had helped in reconciling the details of rescued victims and also medically account for bodies recovered.

Identification of bodies has also started and DNA examination is being undertaken on some of the bodies difficult to be identified by their families, the governor said.

“There is a sum of money that has been reserved by the State Government for succor and to give for befitting burial for those who died in the incident,” Sanwo-Olu noted.

“Families that wish to accept it are being supported for the burial arrangement. Also, survivors in hospitals have been given financial support to help them settle and cope with challenges of feeding in the aftermath of the incident.”

Search and rescue operations have, however, continued.

He was accompanied by the former governor of the state, Bola Tinubu, and Nasarawa State governor, Abdullahi Sule.

 

Ikoyi Building Collapse: Lagos Govt, NEMA Differ On Casualty Figure

A high-rise building in Ikoyi, Lagos, collapsed on November 1, 2021.
Emergency workers on a rescue operation at the site of the collapsed building in Ikoyi, Lagos on November 1, 2021.

 

The Lagos State Government and the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) have differed on the casualties recorded from the Ikoyi building collapse as rescue efforts continue. 

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State, who visited the scene on Thursday, noted that 32 bodies have been recovered from the building collapse.

“As of this afternoon, we have recovered a total of 32 bodies. We are conducting a corona inquest on the bodies and by tomorrow (Friday), we hope the exercise would have been concluded,” the governor’s Chief Press Secretary, Gboyega Akosile, quoted his principal as saying.

“That is the deadline we gave to the corona so that the families can come and identify the bodies recovered so far.”

But earlier in the day, NEMA’s Acting Coordinator of the Lagos Territorial Office, Mr Ibrahim Farinloye had said 38 people were confirmed dead following the collapse of the high-rise, explaining that nine survivors – one female and eight male – were rescued from the rubble.


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‘Only 19 Names’

Governor Sanwo-Olu and other officials at the scene of the collapsed building on Wednesday, November 3, 2020

 

Amid continued rescue efforts, families and relatives are hanging around the collapsed structure in the high-brow area of Lagos State, waiting for news about their loved ones trapped in the building.

According to Governor Sanwo-Olu, some families have submitted names of missing people, just a day after a register was opened.

“Yesterday (Wednesday), we opened a register for people that have missing persons or loved ones whom they believed must have been at the site before the collapse,” the Lagos governor added in a statement by his aide.

“As I speak here, there are only 19 names of missing persons that have been registered. Some of them have pictures, others do not. This list would help us to get information on the manifest of those at the site.”

Before now, Sanwo-Olu had visited some of the survivors who are receiving treatment at the Lagos Island General Hospital.

One of the rescued persons has, however, been moved to the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH) in Ikeja for advanced medical examination, the governor explained but assured that he is not having a life-threatening condition.

Three of the survivors have been discharged two days ago.

The building, which was under construction, collapsed on Monday with an unconfirmed number of persons feared trapped.

Sanwo-Olu Names Survivors Of Ikoyi Building Collapse

Governor Sanwo-Olu and other officials at the scene of the collapsed building on Wednesday, November 3, 2020

 

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has listed survivors of the Ikoyi building collapse as efforts intensify to rescue more persons.

The governor listed the names and ages of the survivors found under the rubble of the 21-storey structure during his visit to the site on Wednesday.

He noted that while six of the survivors are still being treated, three others have been discharged but Governor Sanwo-Olu did not, however, disclose their identities.

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Below is the list of survivors of the Ikoyi building collapse: 

1.  Odutan Timileyin is a 26-year-old man.

2. Ahmed Kenleku: A 19-year-old man from Cotonou, the Benin Republic.

3. Sunday Monday: The 21-year-old had a leg fracture.

4. Adeniran Mayowa: This survivor, the governor noted, suffered a hip injury.

5. Shola Bade Nurudeen: He is 33 and had a pelvic injury.

6. Waliu Lateef is 32-year-old.

Sanwo-Olu, who described the incident where over 20 persons have died so far as a national disaster, said: “mistakes were made from all angles.”

“This is an event that could be described clearly as a national disaster. Mistakes were made from all angles,” he said, adding that such an event “really should not be happening in a modern-day city like Lagos.”

He also condoled the families and loved ones of victims of the building collapse, assuring that there will be a probe into the matter.

In the wake of the incident, the governor had suspended the General Manager of the Lagos State Building Control Agency (LASBCA), Gbolahan Oki.

“You can be rest assured that if there are other people that are found in the course of the investigation, they will face the full wrath of the law,” the governor added during the visit to the building collapse site.

According to him, there was no manifest to indicate those who were on the building site, a development he said is hindering rescue efforts.

The building – a high-rise under construction by Fourscore Homes, a Lagos-based real estate firm and located along Gerrard Road – collapsed on Monday afternoon.

While it is unclear the number of people in the building at the time of the collapse, witnesses say dozens may have been trapped.

Death Toll Rises To 20 In Ikoyi Building Collapse

 

More people have been confirmed killed and more survivors rescued hours after a high-rise building collapsed in the Ikoyi area of Lagos State.

Channels Television had reported the incident which occurred on Monday afternoon along Gerrard Road in the commercial hub of the nation.

While four persons were killed and five others rescued as of Monday night, the death toll and number of survivors rose on Tuesday as rescue efforts continued through the night.

According to the spokesman for the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), 16 more bodies have been recovered.

He added that five more persons trapped under the rubble have been rescued by emergency responders at the scene.

This brings the total figures of those killed and rescued so far to 20 and 10 respectively.

The Deputy Governor of Lagos, Dr Obafemi Hamzat, who visited the site amid tight security, explained that the premise of the collapsed building has been sealed by the government agency in charge of testing, for more investigation into the integrity of the structure.

A high-rise building in Ikoyi, Lagos, collapsed on November 1, 2021.
Emergency workers on a rescue operation at the site of the collapsed building in Ikoyi, Lagos on November 1, 2021.

 

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Emergency workers have intensified rescue operations as more people are believed to be trapped under the rubble.

Meanwhile, the Chairman of the Nigerian Institute of Architects, Lagos State Chapter, David Majekodunmi, also visited the site of the building collapse.

He lamented that unfortunate incidents such as this should not have happened if authorities had done what was expected of them.

“My first impression is that the country is in a mess. We are in a mess because if we have done what we are supposed to do, either on the private or government side, we wouldn’t be having this kind of incident.

“Like it’s said by (Femi) Falana, the renowned lawyer, about six or seven weeks precisely where we have all the allied professionals in the construction industry together, he said ‘we should stop talking about building collapse; go and search yourselves, what is your regulatory building doing? Your regulatory body is supposed to regulate things like this,” said Majekodunmi.

He added, “Looking at this, you can’t determine what is actually the cause of the collapse. In a nutshell, we are standing in front of the signage which is supposed to be a prerequisite at a site.

“You cannot see the name of the architect, the structural engineer, and other consultants. But there is so much going on on the platform where the number written on all these consultants happens to be the developer.

“I will tell you just a little history because the government has a big fault for this. In 1986, a National Building Code was drafted by all the professional bodies in the construction industry – seven of them. This National Building Code was not signed until 20 years after it was drafted.”

Fire Guts Building In Ikeja GRA

The affected building that was gutted by fire in Ikeja GRA, Lagos on December 25, 2020. Credit: LASEMA

 

Tragedy struck on Friday in the Ikeja Government Residential Area of Lagos when a two-storey building was gutted by fire.

The Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), which confirmed the incident via Twitter, said the incident occurred on No 11 Sowemimo Street.

“The Agency’s response team arrived at the aforementioned address which consists of a two-storey building belonging to HAK Air Limited,” LASEMA said.

“Investigation conducted suggests that the fire Started from the Static Inverter used for Solar panel in the building. The fire has been subdued with the combined effort of the Agency’s FIRE team and @LAG_FireService.”

Channels Television learned that no life was lost in the unfortunate incident.

See photos below:

Three-Storey Building Collapses In Lagos

An emergency official at the scene of a collapsed building in the Ago Palace Way axis of Lagos State on January 17, 2020.

 

 

A three-storey building under construction has collapsed in the Ago Palace Way axis of Lagos State.

The Director-General of Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), Dr Oluwafemi Oke-Osanyintolu, confirmed this on Friday in a situation report forwarded to Channels Television.

He revealed that a man whose identity has yet to be ascertained was trapped under the rubble.

Oke-Osanyintolu, however, noted that emergency officials were already at the scene and making efforts to rescue the trapped person.

He said the impact of the collapse has affected some adjacent buildings around the scene of the incident.

The LASEMA boss gave an assurance that once the recovery operation was completed, the remaining parts of the collapsed building would undergo a controlled demolition exercise.

See more photos from the scene of the incident below:

Emergency officials at the scene of a collapsed building in the Ago Palace Way axis of Lagos State on January 17, 2020.

Cambodia Building Collapse Death Toll Hits 36 As Rescue Is Called Off

 

The search for victims in the rubble of a collapsed building in southern Cambodia drew to a close Sunday with the final death toll at 36 — the latest tragedy in a string of deadly construction accidents.

Cambodia Prime Minister Hun Sen, said 23 people had been pulled alive from the rubble of the seven-storey hotel, which crumpled to the ground in seaside Kep on Friday afternoon.

On Sunday rescuers also managed to free a dog trapped in the debris.

“This is yet another tragedy,” said Hun Sen, who promised families of victims would get $50,000 each in compensation, while those injured would receive $20,000, he said.

He told reporters the contractor responsible for the construction had died in the accident, while the building’s owner had been detained.

The rescue effort lasted more 40 hours, mobilizing hundreds of soldiers and labourers using excavators, drills and power saws to clear concrete and cut through metal bars of the pancaked structure.

Cambodia is undergoing a construction boom, with hotels, high-rises and casinos springing up under little regulatory oversight.

The tough and often dangerous labour is undertaken by an estimated 200,000 construction workers, mostly unskilled, reliant on day wages and not protected by union rules, according to the International Labour Organisation.

Last June some 28 people died in the collapse of a building under construction in Sihanoukville, a beach town flush with Chinese investment that.

Worker advocacy groups point to low safety standards that raise the risk of accidents at construction sites — which often serve as the temporary homes for the labourers and their families.

Worker Ei Kosal told AFP on Saturday that he, his wife and two other women were having a meal on site when the building collapsed.

Their two companions were crushed.

“I did not expect to survive… it’s like I have just been reborn,” Kosal from the hospital.