South Africa says death toll in Nigerian building collapse rises to 115

Reuters News
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Posted: Sep 22, 2014 7:25 AM

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - The death toll from the collapse of a church guesthouse in Lagos has risen to 115, South African minister Jeff Radebe said on Monday, urging the heavily-criticized Nigerian government to investigate the "tragedy".

Minister in the Presidency Radebe said 84 South Africans who were part of visiting church groups had died in the Sept. 12 incident. He was speaking at an air force base north of Johannesburg where 25 South Africans who were injured returned for treatment.

Nigerian emergency services said the total death toll was 86.

(Reporting by Joe Brock; Editing by Janet Lawrence)