Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Dhaka building collapse kills 14

5:17 GMT, Wednesday, 2 June 2010 6:17 A four-storey building has collapsed in the Bangladeshi capital, Dhaka, killing at least 14 people and injuring others.
The apartment building in Tejgaon fell on some neighbouring tin-roof shanties late on Tuesday, killing several people living in them.
Rescue operations are in progress and at least six people have been taken out of the debris by army and fire workers.
Officials say the death toll is likely to rise as an unknown number of people are still buried in the debris.
Canal construction
Fire official Abdus Salam said the building had been constructed on land which was once a canal and the owner had been adding another floor to it when the collapse occurred.
Officials said it was unclear how many people were inside the building when it collapsed.
It toppled on a row of shanties in which garments and daily wage workers were sleeping, reports said.
"We see more bodies in the collapsed shanties. So the death toll is likely to go up," Mr Salam said.
In 2006, at least 15 people dead and 50 injured when a five-storey building collapsed in Dhaka.
And in 2005, more than 60 people died when an illegally-constructed garment factory collapsed near Dhaka.

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Apple is widely expected to unveil its newest iPhone next Monday, when Jobs delivers his keynote address at its developers conference in San Francisco.
Consumers have already been given a sneak look at the new iPhone which was famously lost by an Apple employee at a bar earlier this year and then purchased and displayed online by a technology blog.
Jobs said there was debate about whether the phone was simply picked up after being left at the bar, or actually stolen out of the employee's bag.
'This is a story that's amazing,' Jobs said. 'It's got theft. It's got buying stolen property.
'It's got extortion. I'm sure there's sex in there somewhere. Somebody should make a movie out of this.'

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