The Straits Times
Published on Nov 25, 2012

Bangladesh flyover collapse kills many, injures dozens


DHAKA (AFP) - At least 13 people were killed and dozens are feared missing after a flyover under construction collapsed in Bangladesh's southeastern port city of Chittagong, police said today.

"So far 13 dead bodies have been recovered," sub-inspector Mohammad Alauddin told AFP, adding that military rescue teams had been called in to help with the search for victims.

The number of missing could not immediately be confirmed but police constable Shakakhawat Hossain told AFP from the scene that dozens could be trapped under the debris. Witnesses said more than 50 construction workers and vegetable hawkers had gathered near a pond under the bridge at the end of work when three concrete girders of the under-construction flyover crashed on Saturday.

"Instantly the whole area was covered by smoke and dust," Syed Mainuddin, a witness, told reporters.