Tanzania building collapse kills at least 15, dozens trapped

Posted: March 29, 2013 by Rizwan Riyad in News, world
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At least 15 people were killed and dozens are trapped after a 16-story building collapsed in Tanzania’s largest city Friday.

“Fifteen bodies have been recovered from the rubble,” Dar es Salaam Police Commander Suleiman Kova told reporters at the scene.

According to officials, 13 people have already been pulled out of the building’s wreckage alive and around 45 people — including construction workers, residents and children from a Koranic school — are still missing.

The building, which was still under construction in Tanzania’s economic capital of Dar es Salaam, collapsed around 8:45 a.m. local time in the city’s Kariakoo business district.

“I thought there was an earthquake and then I heard screaming. The whole building fell on itself,” eyewitness Musa Mohamed told Agence France-Presse.

Dar es Salaam regional commissioner Saidi Mecky Sadiky said up to 60 people were in the area of the building when it collapsed.

Bulldozers are being used to remove rubble as a large crowd watches. Rescue workers and armed police officers are also at the scene.

There are reports that those trapped are making phone calls to relatives and friends.

“There are several people trapped inside the building,” Hamisi Mgosi, a trader in Kariakoo, told Reuters. “A boy called his father through his cellphone from inside the collapsed building and told him he can’t breathe.”

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