Over 100 killed in Bangladesh building collapse
Dhaka, Apr 24: Over 100 people were killed and 800 others injured today when an eight-storey commercial building that housed several garment factories and thousands of workers collapsed on the outskirts of the Bangladeshi capital.
The Rana Plaza in Savar on the outskirts of Dhaka, collapsed at about 9:00 am (local time) with rescue work being carried out to pull out survivors from the rubble.
The eight-storey commercial building housed three garment units, a bank branch and around three hundred shops.
Locals said around 6,000 workers used to work in the factories located in the building.
Most of the bodies were taken to the Enam Medical College from the site, which is located near the Savar bus stand.
Zahidur Rahman, Director, Public Relations of the Enam Medical College and Hospital, said that they had received 91 bodies, however officials said that over 100 had been killed after taking into account those who died at other hospitals.
More than 800 have been reported injured while many remained trapped in the debris, BD News reported.
The dead bodies and the injured were being retrieved from the debris with makeshift slides being made from cloth.
General officer commanding (GOC) of the army's Savar-based ninth division Major General Abul Hassan Sarwardy said army engineers and rescuers were forced to proceed "slowly and cautiously" to avoid further casualties.
"We are penetrating inside the structure slowly and cautiously, otherwise the building will collapse entirely causing more casualties," he told reporters.
Lastupdate on : Wed, 24 Apr 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Wed, 24 Apr 2013 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Thu, 25 Apr 2013 00:00:00 IST
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