At least 19 people have been confirmed dead and scores more injured after a fire broke out in a 22-storey commercial building in the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka on Thursday (March 28), rescue officials have said.
Search operations went on late into the day as some of the trapped waved frantically from the windows and roof of the building in the upscale Banani area of the city, while others tried to jump to safety. Firefighters perched on cranes smashed windows in an attempt to reach those inside, witnesses said.
More than 100 people had been rescued from the building through helicopters and ladders, Julfikar Rahman, director of the Fire Service and Civil Defence, told Reuters from the scene. The cause of the fire was not immediately clear.
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23 August, 2019