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Schoolboy killed in 4 storey building collapse in Narayanganj

  • Published at 06:27 pm November 3rd, 2019
Narayanganj Building
Civil defence officials while rescuing trapped people inside the collapsed building Dhaka Tribune

Another 12-year-old is trapped inside the collapsed building

A sixth grader was killed and seven others injured when a four-storey building collapsed in Baburail of Narayanganj city.

The building, HM Mansion, next to the Baburail canal in Munshibari area, caved in around 4:15pm on Sunday.

Narayanganj Fire Service and Civil Defence Assistant Director, Md Abdullah Al Arefin, confirmed the casualties. 

The deceased, Shoyeb, 12, son of late Shahabuddin, was a student of Sunrise Kindergarten School in the locality.

Another 12-year-old, Owazid, is trapped under the collapsed building, Arefin said.

“Eight Fire Service and Civil Defence teams have been working to rescue the victims,” he added.

Among the injured, Sonia, 22, a resident of Baburail; Yusuf, 26, a tenant; and Anik, 19, a relative of the building owner, were identified.

The injured were taken to Narayanganj General (Victoria) Hospital for treatment.

Owazid's father Rubel said his son and deceased Shoyeb, are cousins. They went to learn Arabic in the building when it collapsed.

Although Shoyeb was rescued, Owazid was still trapped inside the building, Rubel said.

Members of civil defence seen rescuing from a building that collaped at Baburail areas of Narayanganj city on Sunday, November 3, 2019 | Dhaka Tribune

Dr Sabina Yasmin, a physician at the hospital, said Shoyeb was also taken to the hospital and was declared dead while receiving treatment. 

Locals said the building is owned by Joybunnesa, wife of late Md Rafiq. 

They also said most of the residents of the building were not home during the collapse which minimized the number of casualties. 

The first floor of the building was built 10 to 12 years ago and the third floor was completed several years back, locals said.

Although the building basement construction violates building codes, the owner is continuing construction of the fourth floor, they claimed.

Meanwhile, Narayanganj Deputy Commissioner (DC) Md Jashim Uddin, Narayanganj City Corporation panel mayor Afsana Afroz Biva, among others, visited the spot.

The district administration will provide Tk20,000 to the family of the deceased, the DC said.

"We will investigate the incident, and legal action will be initiated against the owners of risky buildings, including this one," he added.