News Alert: high-rise building collapses in Dar

Grief enveloped Dar es Salaam today after a 16-storey building under construction collapsed, killing four people, injuring 17 others and dozens more trapped under the rubble.

The ill-fated building crumbled at around 8:15am was situated at the junction of Indira Gandhi and Asia streets in one of Dar es Salaam’s busiest business centres.

People at the site blamed the government for being inept, saying it should be held accountable for the consequent loss of lives.

The disaster has revived bitter memories of the 2008 incident involving a 10-storey building which crumbled along Mtendeni Street in the city centre, in which two people died and several others were injured.

The collapse of a four-storey residential building at Sinza kwa Mori, in Kinondoni Municipality Dar es Salaam on Sunday, 03 March,shocked the city’s residents, luckily no death occurred, but four people were reportedly injured.

Tanzania’s commercial capital has experienced a construction boom in recent years although much of the buildings are unregulated and uncontrolled. …..more news to follow.

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