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Building collapse kills dozens

Posted on 24. Apr, 2013 by

At least 82 people have died and 700 have been injured after a eight-storey building housing several garment factories collapsed on the outskirts of Bangladesh’s capital on Wednesday, a doctor said.

Hiralal Roy, a senior emergency ward doctor at the nearby Enam hospital where victims are being transferred, said: “The death toll is now 82. At least 700 people have also been treated at the hospital.”

Tens of thousands of people gathered at the site in Dhaka, some of them weeping survivors, some searching for family members.

The collapse happened about 8.30 am local time and since garment factories in Bangladesh routinely work 24 hours a day, it appeared likely that the four housed in the building were staffed at the time.

Firefighters and soldiers using drilling machines and cranes worked together with local volunteers in the search for other survivors from the building, which pancaked onto itself and stood only about two stories tall.