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
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
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.