Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (CNN) -- Rescuers planned to search for survivors under a mountain of concrete and twisted metal Friday night after a high-rise building collapsed in Tanzania.
least four people were dead and 60 were missing after the 16-story
building under construction collapsed in Tanzania's largest city,
government and emergency officials said. Five children are believed to be among the missing, rescue official Walji Ali said.
collapsed Friday with a "huge whoosh and then thump," said eyewitness
Ali Jawad Bhimani, a hotel owner who lives near the building in Dar es
Salaam's normally bustling Kariakoo central business district.
building is next to our mosque. There is a small field there where the
young boys play football. The building fell right on top," he said. "But
10 to 15 of the boys playing got away safely and are unharmed."
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As of right now 14 people have been taken to Muhimbili. 3 of them,
construction workers at the site, have expired. 2 of our young boys were
among them. These 2 have had serious injuries including broken hip and
broken thighbone. They also have several deep lacerations. The other 9
were bystanders and people on the street with various injuries.
4 of our children are still beneath the rubble. The work at the site is
going on at full scale and will continue overnight. We all pray for the
safety of these boys.
There has been an outpour of support from all
the communities. At the command site meeting, there were
representatives from all the communities pledging support from
logistics, food, water and a long queue to donate blood.
authorities have been helpful and present throughout this ongoing
ordeal. Muhimbili emergency staff has been on call since the incident
early in the morning.
We will keep on giving you updates, as there are further developments.
The Minister of Home Affairs has just given a
statement that everyone should cooperate and not worry about pointing
fingers or damage to property just yet; rescue operations should be
finished first. Ebrahim Haji and Aga Khan hospitals are transferring
patients to Muhimbili and their doctors are on scene, however, as far as
I know all casualties are being sent to Muhimbili.
NSSF (National Social Security
Fund) officials, MPs, members of several political parties, fire and
emergency officers and government officials can be seen on screen.
Channel Ten confirmed that most casualties are the young children who
play football on holiday mornings in the Mosque Compound. they have also
confirmed that it was a 16 floor building, not 15 floor. According to
Channel Ten, the building appears to be a collaboration between NHC
(National Housing Commission) and a private owner. As I type, they are
showing footage of a man being carried into an Ebrahim Haji ambulance
and stretchers are being carried into the rubble. Hopefully they have
found more people.
According to Channel Ten, the MPs and
minister of Home Affairs are on their way. 17 people have been found
alive and have been taken to Muhimbili National Hospital and 2 bodies
have been found. Identities as yet unknown.
Heavy machinery has
just been brought into the mosque compound to assist with the
excavation. Several Shi'a families are gathered around the area, many of
them appear to be looking for their children.
Please continue praying, that's the least we can do :(