(Reuters) – Dozens of people were feared trapped and at least 20 people died after a five-storey building collapsed in the Bangladesh capital Wednesday, police and witnesses said.
At least 50 people were injured in the collapse of the building, which police said was badly constructed. Rescue teams were scouring through the rubble for bodies and survivors.
Nearly all the building’s tenants escaped unharmed as it started to tilt to one side, and most of the casualties were from the homes surrounding the structure, witnesses said.
“We fear the death toll may go up further as there are many people still trapped under the rubble,” a police officer on the scene said.
Dhaka is a bustling city of 12 million people, but many of its buildings are poorly constructed because of lack of supervision and enforcement of regulations.
(Reporting by Serajul Islam Quadir; Editing by David Fox)