2 feared trapped in Old Dhaka building collapse

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Staff Reporter:

Two people were believed to be trapped as an abandoned two-storey building collapsed at Patuatuli in Old Dhaka on Wednesday.

The victims were identified as Jahidul Islam, 50, and his son Shafiqul Islam, 17. Both are banana traders.

Locals said though the building was abandoned, several banana traders had been residing on the 1st floor of the building and using the ground floor as godowns for the last several years.

Sources at the Fire Service Central Control Room said the rooftop of the building collapsed totally while ceiling of the 1st floor partially around 1:23 pm.

Being informed, three firefighting units rushed to the spot and started rescue operation, said duty officer Ershad.

However, officer-in-charge of Kotwali Police Station Saidur Rahman told UNB that he heard from one acquaintance of the victims that Jahidul and Shafiqul remained missing since the incident. “We’re verifying it and the fire fighters have already started rescue operation,” he added.unb

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