67 south Africans killed by synagogue collapsed buildings.

Johannesburg -South African President Jacob Zuma
announced Tuesday that 67 South Africans died in a
building collapse in Nigeria's financial capital Lagos.
"I am greatly saddened to announce that 67 South
Africans died and scores of others sustained injuries,
after a building at the Synagogue Church of All
Nations collapsed on Friday," Zuma said in statement
to the nation.
Rescuers say the church's hostel, which housed
Nigerian and foreign followers of a popular preacher
and televangelist, T.B. Joshua, had been overburdened
by the construction of additional floors.
At least five South African church tour groups were at
the Synagogue at the time of the collapse, according
to officials.
The number of South African dead exceeds the
previously known toll for the disaster, a grim signal
that the number of fatalities may rise further.
READ: Synagogue building collapse: Death toll rises to
Zuma said South Africa was grieving after the tragedy
nearly a continent away.
"Not in the recent history of our country have we had
this large number of our people die in one incident
outside the country.
"Our thoughts are with the families, friends and
colleagues that have lost their loved ones in this
heart-breaking tragedy. The whole nation shares the
pain of the mothers, fathers, daughters and sons who
have lost their loved ones. We are all in grief."
Zuma said he had ordered government departments to
help family members get to Nigeria to identify the
bodies of their loved ones, and repatriate the remains
as soon as possible.


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