Building collapse kills 16 in Bangladesh capital
Last Updated: Wednesday, June 02, 2010, 16:46
  
Dhaka: A five-storey building collapsed over a nearby slum area here, leaving at least 16 people dead and several others trapped under the rubble.

Rescuers have so far pulled out 16 bodies from the debris of the building that collapsed last night, while several others were trapped under tones of rubble at the Begunbari at Tejgaon industrial district in the capital city.

"The death toll rose to 16 today as rescue workers pulled out more bodies from the rubble," a police official told.

Army troops were called in to assist the fire brigade rescuers after the building built on columns came down late night flattening three tin-roofed structures housing poor slum dwellers.

Witnesses and officials overseeing the rescue operation at the scene said over a dozen people were likely trapped inside the collapsed structures.

They said rescuers saw more bodies under the debris as they were cautiously trying to remove the rubble.

Residents in the neighbourhood said they heard a loud noise and then saw the five-storey building falling down slowly on the three nearby houses.

The rescuers said most residents of the five-storey structure escaped unharmed but many residents of the tin-shed houses were trapped under the collapsed structure.

Fire officials said rescue work was hampered by live electricity wires and leaking gas pipes. After the crash, they required three hours to make a passage for equipment carrying vehicles to the scene through the narrow lanes.

PTI


First Published: Wednesday, June 02, 2010, 16:46


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