16 feared dead in Thailand building collapse

Up to 16 workers may have died in a a building collapse on the outskirts of the Thai capital, police said on Wednesday as they issued arrest warrants for five people involved in the project under construction.

Bangkok: Up to 16 workers may have died in a a building collapse on the outskirts of the Thai capital, police said on Wednesday as they issued arrest warrants for five people involved in the project under construction.

"Though only three bodies have been retrieved from the site, up to 16 could have died. It is still not clear how many are trapped under the rubble," they said.

The incident occurred in north of Bangkok neighbouring Pathum Thani province on Monday after the six-storey building under construction collapsed near the end of afternoon shift end and relatives and friends of the workers could have been present at the site, police said.

The collapsed building is one of the six condominiums of the project. Thirty-three workers were at the site when the building was flattened.

Meanwhile, the Thanyaburi Court here approved warrants for the arrest of five construction bosses allegedly at fault in the fatal collapse.

Police Major General Samit said they were charged with?recklessness causing death.

Three people died and 25 were injured in the fatal incident. Twenty workers were released from hospitals. Five people, presumably workers are still trapped under the debris, the Public Health Ministry said.

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