Flyover accident kills people in Chittagong
Seven more bodies were recovered on Sunday after the concrete girders of the under-construction flyover collapsed at Bahaddarhat in Chittagong on a kitchen market Saturday night.
Six of the deceased were identified as Md Siraj, 35, Enam, 22, Sajjad, 20, Ilias Mia, 70, Kajal Kanti Dey, 40, and Mosharraf Hossain Rasel, 32, reports our Chittagong correspondent.
Md Abdul Mannan, assistant director of Fire Service and Civil Defence, confirmed the deaths.
Eyewitnesses said at around 8:00pm on Saturday, three concrete girders of the flyover fell on some people, mostly vegetable vendors of the kitchen market.
A 5-member probe body was formed to investigate into the accident.
The body was asked to submit the report within three days.
Chattagong Deputy Commissioner Abdul Mannan distributed Tk 5,000 to each of the 32 injured on Sunday afternoon.
Police are preparing to file a case against the construction firm, consultation and supervision firm.
The 1.4 km long flyover's construction had begun in December 2010, under supervision of the Chittagong Development Authority. Two firms – Parisha Enterprise and Meer Akter Enterprise – were building the flyover at an estimated cost of Tk 1.06 billion.
Wall collapse injures 12
Another disaster struck close by when at least 12 people were injured as a wall of a mosque beside the area of the mishap collapsed.
bdnews24.com's Mintu Chowdhury, who was at the site, said the wall of the Bahaddar Barhi Mosque collapsed around 10pm as at least 500 people gathered there and climbed on the nearly 30-feet wall.
He said the wall collapsed under the sheer weight of so many people.
The rescue team, drawn from the police, BGB and Army, pulled them out of the rubble and sent them to CMCH.
The rescue officials had asked to move away, but they did not listen because they were waiting to watch the rescue of many trapped under the debris of the girders.
Shah Haji Mohammad Bokhtiar, owner of the Shah Amanat Decorators, situated right beside the under-construction flyover, told bdnews24.com: "I saw three girders collapsing one after another. It appeared to me that at least 60-70 people are still trapped under the debris."
Local people said that a large number of people generally walk underneath the flyover in the afternoon every day. Most of them are garment workers, while hawkers sit there with their goods, they added.
They suspect most of them were trapped under the debris.