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SCOAN: South African death toll rises to 84

SCOAN: South African death toll rises to 84

The number of South Africans, who have died when a guesthouse belonging to the Synagogue Church of All Nations collapsed in Lagos, Nigeria, rose from the previously reported 67 to 84 on Friday.

South Africa’s high commissioner to Nigeria, Lulu Louis Mnguni, told the SABC in an interview, that the number had been revised upwards.

"The number has risen to 84," said Mnguni.

He added that there are still 17 South Africans not accounted for, however the search for them has been called off and they are now presumed dead.

"The search... has come to a conclusion. There were still 17 bodies outstanding," he said.

A total of 349 South Africans visited the Synagogue Church of All Nations premises when tragedy struck last week Friday. 265 made it out alive.

President Jacob Zuma said yesterday that a ministerial task team has been created to help the families of the South Africans, who died in the collapse.

"They will support families and do whatever is necessary to manage the impact of this tragedy," he said.


Photo Caption: Tragic Scoan building collapse, kills 84 South Africans. Photo courtesy of www.bellanaija.com