Mongla building collapse: Rescue called off, 7 people killed
13 March 2015, Nirapad News: Rescue operation of the collapse of a partially-completed roof of a three-storey cement factory in Mongla, Khulna, have been called off by the authorities.
Acting chairman of Sena Kalyan Sangstha Md Selim declared the closure of the rescue operation on Friday afternoon. He said: “We do not think that there is any existence of life inside the rubble of the roof collapse. So we are closing the rescue operation.”
“The injured in the roof collapse, were undergoing treatment in different hospitals,” he added.
The death toll from Thursday’s building collapse in Mongla Port area rose to seven as rescuers retrieved one more body from the debris of the collapsed building on early Friday. Earlier, six bodies were recovered after the roof of the under-construction cement factory collapsed on Thursday. Fifty people were injured and many others feared got trapped in the building collapse.
The authorities of the Elephant Brand Cement factory has declared to give Tk 1 lakh each to the family members of the victims of who lost their lives in the incident. Capt Syed Helal Hossain, deputy director of the factory, said: “The authorities will also take the responsibility for the treatment of the workers who have been injured in the collapse.” Acting deputy commissioner Md Shah Alam Sardar said the administration will give Tk 20,000 each to the families of the victims for their burial. “Tk 5,000 will be provided to each of the injured.”
The partially-completed roof of the three-storey cement factory collapsed on Thursday afternoon. The factory is owned by the Sena Kalyan Sangstha (army welfare organisation).