House collapse in Bangladesh leaves many dead

At least 11 people killed after tin-shed house built on swampy ground in capital Dhaka collapses.

    House collapse in Bangladesh leaves many dead
    Twenty-eight people lived in the hut before its collapse [Al Jazeera/ Mahmud Hossain Opu]

    A house collapse in the Bangladeshi capital of Dhaka has killed at least 11 people, and dozens more could be trapped, police said.

    Police told Al Jazeera 28 people lived in the hut that stood on bamboo poles at the side of an algae-filled lake at Hajiparha's Jheelpar.

    They confirmed that eleven people died in the collapse. 

    The incident happened around 3:30pm local time on Wednesday.

    "The lower storey has been sucked in by the mud at the bottom of the lake," said Rampura Police Inspector Md Alamgir Hossain.

    Authorities believe the death toll may rise, as many others are still feared trapped under the rubble [Al Jazeera/ Mahmud Hossain Opu] 

    Deputy Commissioner for Motijheel zone Anwar Hossain confirmed recovery of seven bodies to Al Jazeera.

    He said the bodies of two women were taken to Khilgaon's Khidmah Hospital.

    Three Fire Service units were taking part in the rescue operations, said control room official Md Enayet Hossain.

    Rampura Police Sergeant Abdur Rashid said bodies of two men, aged between 25 and 30, and a woman were recovered around 4:45pm local time.

    Doctors at the Dhaka Medical College and Hospital declared dead Nizam Khan, 45, and Mizan, 35, when they were taken to the hospital, Inspector Mozammel Haque said.

    Nizam's son Sabuj said they lived on the ground floor of the shack.

    A neighbour took his father to the hospital, he said.

    Fire Service officials rescued a number of survivors and sent them to hospital.

    Authorities believe the death toll may rise, as many others are still feared trapped under the rubble.

    Fire Service officials rescued a number of survivors and sent them to hospital [Al Jazeera/ Mahmud Hossain Opu]


    SOURCE: Al Jazeera


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