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Nine killed in flyover collapse in Bangladesh

English.news.cn   2012-11-25 12:35:32            

DHAKA, Nov. 25 (Xinhua) -- At least nine people have been killed and dozens of others injured after three girders of an under-construction flyover collapsed in Bangladesh's southeastern Chittagong port city, police and firemen said Sunday.

They said the girders of the flyover collapsed in Chittagong, some 242 km southeast of capital Dhaka, at around 7:30 p.m.local time Saturday evening.

Fireman Md Farhaduzzaman told Xinhua that rescuers had pulled six bodies from under the debris of the girders.

An official with the Chittagong Medical College Hospital police camp who preferred to be unnamed said three more died during treatment.

Bangladesh Army troops were called in to assist rescue operation, which began around at 9:30 p.m.on Saturday, along with Rapid Action Battalion, Bangladdesh Border Guard and police personnel.

Protesting the delay in the rescue operations, angry people demonstrated and set ablaze the flyover-construction materials after the incident.

Police reportedly fired several rounds of tear shells as protestors vandalized several vehicles. Some 10 motorcycles, including several of the journalists, were also set on fire.

Earlier in June, a rickshaw-puller sustained injuries as a girder of the same flyover collapsed. Two local firms are building the 1.4-km-long flyover.

Editor: Yang Lina
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