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Old April 11, 2005, 09:02 AM
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Default Building collapse in Bangladesh traps hundreds

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Up to 200 workers are believed trapped in the rubble of an eight-storey factory which has collapsed in Bangladesh.

Officials say six people have been confirmed killed.

The concrete building, packed with night shift workers, caved in soon after midnight (local time) on Monday when a boiler exploded.

An eight-storey factory has collapsed in Bangladesh. (Reuters)

Firefighters are using shovels and their bare hands to dig frantically as survivors call for help from beneath the debris.

Distraught relatives have assembled at the scene.

One man has called police on his mobile telephone to say he is trapped with 20 other people.

Survivors working at the garment factory, 30 kilometres north-west of Dhaka, say the building collapsed after they heard a loud explosion.

"Within two or three minutes, the whole building started to shake violently," Mahubur Rahman, who was working on the fourth floor with around 90 other people, said.

"The next thing I remember is waking up under some machinery with about six or seven other people. The fire brigade rescued me but four of my fingers are crushed and I have chest injuries," he said.

Another survivor, Helaluddin, says he is a supervisor on the sixth floor where about 80 or 90 people are working.

"I was walking towards the stairs. Suddenly there was this noise and then I felt as if someone had pushed me. Moments later I found myself in complete darkness," he said.
Rescue efforts

Major General Aminul Karim of the Bangladesh Army says six bodies have been recovered.

Saber Sharif, commander of the Rapid Action Battalion security force, says seventy-seven people, most with crush injuries, have also been rescued.

"From the information we have gathered we estimate there are about 200 still inside," he said.

Firefighters say trapped workers have been calling out to rescuers.

"We are hearing noises from the rubble. One man called out he was dying and needed help. But it's difficult to reach people because the building has collapsed in layers and inside there are very few pockets," firefighter Parimal Chandra said.

"For the people there, chances of survival are getting thinner all the time if we cannot bring in some specialist equipment. Without that, it could take more than two weeks to lift all the debris," he said.

Police officer Nurul Islam says rescuers are still trying to find the man who called for help on his mobile phone.

"A knitwear worker telephoned us at 8:00am (local time) to say that he was trapped with 20 other people in a space," he said.

"Unfortunately we were unable to call back because the line was not working and we have not been able to find those people yet," he said.
Worried relatives

A crowd of several thousand, including weeping relatives, have gathered at the scene.

"My brother Abdul Razzaq is a knitting machine operator. He was working there," said one woman named Selina.

"Normally there is no one working there after 10:00pm but they were working night shifts because they had a big order."

Another woman, Jharna, says there would have been about 200 people inside the building.

"My husband Nurul Alam is missing. I am just waiting here for news. I was working there myself last night but I left at 10:00pm to go home," she said.

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Old April 11, 2005, 09:16 AM
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so sad
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Old April 11, 2005, 12:57 PM
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This is so sad. I don't know if the authorities will be able to get those still alive underneath alive. What physical/mental pain these folks and their relatives must be going through! May Allah help us.
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Old April 11, 2005, 02:02 PM
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After experts warn Bangladesh about possible earthquake in BD, this mishap takes place. We need such a strong awareness program.....
Manush to pattai ditesena, jar jemne ichcha bulding banay .... ke jane Allah ki rakhse amader kopale....

Edited on, April 11, 2005, 7:06 PM GMT, by ialbd.

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Old April 11, 2005, 02:22 PM
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I saw images of the disaster at italian national channel, reporting that most of the victims were low-paid workers. Very sad.
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Old April 11, 2005, 02:50 PM
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sad news...I was just reading it.
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Old April 11, 2005, 10:18 PM
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and Mr Altaf is saying it is a blast , no fault of owner. If prothom-alo report have to believe than 9 storied building is built on 4 storied foundation over soft soil.
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Old April 12, 2005, 05:00 PM
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very sad news....

btw: Who is Mr. Altaf?
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Old April 12, 2005, 05:20 PM
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Mr. Altaf is the honourable minister of commerce. Rumour says that he has an intimate connection with a BNP paliament member whose son-in-law is the owner of this garment factory that has been collapsed.
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Old April 12, 2005, 09:35 PM
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I think the reason behind this disaster is.....

1. No piling work has been done for soft ground and earth quake.
2. 4 storied foundation building has been extended later, to 9 storied building by extension construction.
3. More than 500 people are working in that building with heavy factory machinery's.

So many illegal things are involved which caused this disaster, but no one will be accused at the end for sure.
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Old April 13, 2005, 01:52 PM
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The Construction of the Building probably followed absolutely no professional methods.

This is tragic!
Very very pathetic indeed.
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Old April 15, 2005, 04:04 PM
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Originally posted by ialbd
After experts warn Bangladesh about possible earthquake in BD, this mishap takes place. We need such a strong awareness program.....
Manush to pattai ditesena, jar jemne ichcha bulding banay .... ke jane Allah ki rakhse amader kopale....

Edited on, April 11, 2005, 7:06 PM GMT, by ialbd.
You know what? There is a poverb that a student of architecture always learn before being an architect. "RAJUK er shamner paan dokandar jane plan korte,,,,ar peon jane structure solve". So, it is so obvious that we are going have such incident quite frequntly for sure in future. I wondered, what will be the situation if there hapends something like Banda Ache. It is funny that RAJUK claimed 20,000 illigal buildings and some of them are delapitated buildings in Dhaka needs to be fixed. I think it is lot more than that. One scary earthquake can change the whole shape of Dhaka city I guess. The unfair privilage of unfaithful officer lead this structure to be built and it is not only the situation in Dhaka. In some city you cant aprove a plan if the structure is not solved by the engineer of the authority responsible for approval.

It is the time to seek for something more which ensures building safety before building only. RAJUK should come up with some schemes that will regulate and help owners to maintain safety after construction that will improve the chance to have better safety situation for people (like time to time investigation of renuvation, curing, lift safety, fire safety, environmental safety etc.). We need to think positive, act positive and need to be positive about maintaining safety as it is a habit, not a dream anymore. As we have seen in the past in the case of Lakkhibazar and now for Savar, we don't even have enough infrastructure support to handle such after shock situation (removing structure ruins and rescuing trapped people) with all best possible source and force (Army, Police, Rab, Fire Service etc.) we have in our pocket. All we can say, in the country of "moger mulluk" there is nothing left for us except hoping...God help us. Hope every related authorities will investigate the situation impartially and compensate the needy persons and families as possible as the way they can. If needed sue the *** of those stupid garments owners who not even bother with safety where safety officer lock the fire door with a huge lock.

Sad but true, we all know from the experience, there is no good is waiting for those affected people (though BGMEA is trying to do something). We all will remain silent after few days thinking some one has to pay for some good. May be after this incident government will be willing to develop some mechanical (like buy some equipments) support to handle such situation in future. Here we go...its time for tender buddy!!. It is the time for moving the cycle of corruption. At least in which we are the number one.
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Old April 15, 2005, 04:31 PM
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I can safely bet that everyone will eventually forget about this terrible incident within few months and risky building construction will continue.
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