Dar es Salam: The death toll from a 16-storey building`s collapse in Tanzania`s Dar es Salaam shot up to 17 on Saturday, with many still remain unaccounted for.
The search operations are on and 18 people have survived the collapse, said an official according to a BBC report.
Over 45 people including residents and school children are among those missing, adds the report.
The accident occurred at 8.30 am when a 16 storey under construct building, situated at the junction of Indira Gandhi Street and Morogoro Road, collapsed with a loud thud.
Rescuers worked round the clock to pull out people from the debris, as local television stations reported over 60 people were killed in the grisly accident.
Excavators were being used to remove debris while the rescuers were poorly equipped, making the rescue mission slow and painful.
Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete visited the accident site along with his wife Mama Salma Kikwete.
Suleiman Kova, the police commander in charge of Dar es Salaam says the building was in the final stages of its construction and it did not have tenants. Most of the people caught up in the collapse of the 12-story building were passing by.
In recent years building collapses have become more frequent in East African countries. In neighboring Kenya, experts say because of high demand for housing in Nairobi, some property developers often bypass building regulations to cut costs and maximize profits.
With Agency Inputs