5 June 2009

Somalia: Collapsed Building Kills Two, Eight Others Missing in Mogadishu

Mogadishu — At least 2 people have been killed and 8 others including women and children are still missing after building collapsed in Hamarweyne district in the Somali capital Mogadishu, Shabelle's Aided reported on Friday.

Residents told the reporter that at least 10 people including displaced ones lived in the collapsed building in Hamarweyne district in Mogadishu saying that two of them confirmed death while the others are still missing in the smashed castle.

Locals told Shabelle media that the accident happened early on Friday morning.

The people in Hamarweyne district expressed shocking event for the ruined building that lived a feeble people including young children and women and it is unclear whether the people who are under the house are alive or dead adding that there is no any help they got so far.

"It is a big catastrophe happened to the people who lived here. Early on Friday morning prayer I heard huge sound and then I came out of my house and saw my neighboring castle being collapsed. As I and colleague rushed close to the house, we saw serious injured man and heard children screaming in the inside of the building. There are no people helping them," one resident said.

Some of the residents in the district could be seen having shovels and digging around the smashed house to save the people saying that those people need emergency help as the vehicles could not simply reach near the building due to a narrow alley that it located.

The people in Hamarweyne district said that the house was very old and its destruction caused as it rained heavily in Mogadishu recently adding that most of the people lived in that building were people who displaced from the other districts in the capital.

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