At least two people were killed and dozens of others were feared trapped after a building under construction collapsed in the Tanzanian city of Dar es Salaam on Friday, witnesses and police said.
At least two people were confirmed dead after a building under construction collapsed Friday in Tanzania's economic capital of Dar es Salaam, police said.
Dozens were feared trapped in rubble of the toppled building in an affluent area of the city as many people including children were working or playing nearby, witnesses said.
"I thought there was an earthquake and then I heard screaming. The whole building fell on itself," witness Musa Mohamed told AFP.
Residents were seen trying to rescue those trapped by digging through the rubble of the building, which was believed to have 16 floors.
Dar es Salaam regional police chief Suleiman Kova said the rescue operation was "going well".
"So far we have managed to retrieve 19 people. Two of them are dead and are two seriously injured," he said as he briefed Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete on the accident.
Kikwete, who visited the scene, posted messages of condolence on his Twitter account.
"We pray for those who have ben afflicted by this tragedy. We pray for togetherness in this time of need," Kikwete said.
Dozens of people were reportedly working in and around the building at the time of the collapse at around 8:45 am (0545 GMT), but their exact number was not immediately known.
Saidi Mecky Sadiky, the Dar es Salaam regional commissioner, said up to 60 people, including workers, food vendors and children could have been around the area.
The accident occurred in an affluent area which has a mixture of both commercial and residential developments.
Date created : 2013-03-29