Storm destroys Nigeria's floating school

A floating school in a Lagos lagoon has collapsed after it was hit by heavy downpour, but the local community has vowed to rebuild it.

LAGOS, NIGERIA (Reuters) - A floating school in a Lagos lagoon has collapsed after it was hit by heavy downpour, but the local community has vowed to rebuild it.

Makoko Floating School, which was built near a slum, was a crucial source of education for about 100,000 residents of the area.

The school, when it opened in 2015, served as a beacon of hope for the residents. It had been built specially to withstand storms and floods, using locally sourced wood and resting on hundreds of recycled plastic barrels. 

The village of Makoko had been established as a fishing community hundreds of years ago, but urbanisation and climate change is threatening its way of life.