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Saturday, April 25, 2015, Baishakh 12, 1422 BS, Rajab 5, 1436 Hijr

3 killed in panic, buildings tilt in Bangladesh
Observer Online Report
Published : Saturday, 25 April, 2015,  Time : 5:55 PM,  View Count : 76
At least three people have been killed and many  others injured in panic during strong earthquakes which were felt at different districts across the country on Saturday afternoon.

A number of buildings in Dhaka and other cities were tilted after the earthquake. Out of panic, people in the city and outside came out of their houses.  

"I was in washroom and I felt jarking," a nurse at BIRDEM hospital told The Daily Observer outside of the hospital just after the earthquake. Doctors, nurses and patients were seen running to come out of the hospital as soon as the earthquakes were felt.

A patient named Keya at the ground floor was also trying to come out and asking what had happened. People were also seen standing on the roof of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical College Hospital (BSMMU).

A resident of city's Mohammadpur area said, "I was lying on my bed and felt it was jerking". "I also noticed that many people went out of their houses but I did not go out".

A panicked worker was killed and about 100 were injured in a stampede on Saturday when a strong earthquake sparked fears among them at a radymade garment factory in Savar on the outskirts of capital Dhaka.

In the capital, two high-rise buildings --one at the city’s Gulistan and another at Shyamoly--tilted due to the impact of the earthquake.

A commercial complex building, ‘Barisal Plaza’, near Bangabazar in Gulistan area leaned under the impact of the tremor, confirmed sources at Fire Service and Civil Defence control room.

Another building, ‘Asha Tower’, at Shyamoly due to the earthquake, said the same sources.

In Savar, the garment factory building of Al Muslim Group started shaking at about 12:15pm, the panic stricken workers tried to come out of the factory causing an incident of stampede that left about 100 injured. 

The injured were taken to Enam Medical College Hospital where a worker died.

Condition of 20 workers was stated critical, said a hospital source.

In Tangail, Morina Begum,22, a resident of Sayedpur of Mirzapur upazila, got panicked and fainted when she saw her house shaking during the tremor, reports UNB.

She was rushed to Kumudini Hospital where doctors declared her dead, said Mirzapur thana officer-in-charge Najmul Haq Bhuiyan.

A woman was killed after she was hit with a wall while coming out of the house during earthquake in Pabna.

The deceased is identified as Rokeya Khanam who is president of Pabna Paura Mahila Awami League, Sadar thana Officer-in-Charge Ahsanul Haque said.

She is nearly 50. Her husband Sohrab Uddin is vice-president of Pabna district unit Krishak League.

He said Rokeya received injuries at her head after hit with a wall while she was coming out of the house at Moynamati area of the town when earthquake jolted around 12:00pm on Saturday.

 She was taken to a local hospital where doctors declared her dead.

Ayren Afroz at the hospital said at least 50 workers were admitted at the hospital after they were injured during coming out of different buildings at Ishwardi EPZ area during the earth quake. 


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