20 September 2019

One killed, another trapped as building collapses in Old Dhaka

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A man was killed and another believed to have trapped as an abandoned two-storey building collapsed at Patuatuli in Old Dhaka on Wednesday.

However, firefighters were yet to retrieve the body from the rubble till filing of the report around 9:15pm.

The two victims were identified as Jahidul Islam, 50, and his son Shafiqul Islam, 17. Both are banana traders. It was not sure whose body was spotted under the debris.

Locals said though the building was abandoned, several banana traders had been residing on the 1st floor of the building and using the ground floor as godowns for the last several years.

Sources at the Fire Service Central Control Room said the rooftop of the building collapsed totally while the ceiling of the 1st floor partially around 1:23 pm.

Being informed, three firefighting units rushed to the spot and started rescuing operation, said duty officer Ershad.

However, officer-in-charge of Kotwali Police Station Saidur Rahman told UNB that he heard from one acquaintance of the victims that Jahidul and Shafiqul went missing in the incident.

Contacted, Assistant Director of Fire Service and Civil Defence Salehuddin said they found a body in the debris. “We’re trying to recover the body,” he told UNB.

When his attention was drawn to another missing person, Salehuddin said they were yet to trace him.


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