JNN 04 Apr 2013 Dar es Salam : On Friday 29 March 2013 a 16 storey building under construction and adjacent to the open area of the Dar Es Salaam ImamBargah ( Hussainiyah ) had collapsed. , 34 people have been killed, which includes four children from the Shia community who were in the compound of the Imambargah at the time of the collapse .
On this day, a 16 storey building under construction and adjacent to the open area of the Dar Es Salaam Imambargah collapsed. This took place when the area was bustling with children playing, construction workers busy with their work and residents carrying on with their daily routine. The reason behind the collapse is still unknown.
Although we are awaiting further details on the situation, we have been informed that the Dar es Salaam KSIA ( Khoja Shia Asna Asheri ) Jamaat & Africa Federation officials and volunteers from the Shia community as well as the Tanzanian Police Force and Fire and Rescue are at the site of the accident and rescue efforts to pull people from under the rubble are under way.
The Chairman of Africa Federation of KSIA , Alhaj Anwarali Dharamsi, his entire team and workers with heavy duty equipment and trucks from his Company, Tanzania Road Haulage (1980) Ltd. worked round the clock with others in the rescue operations and in clearing the rubble to reach down to those who were trapped underneath the rubble. Shiraz Walji, The President of Dar es Salaam KSIA Jamaat was also a pillar of support as he was at the site throughout the rescue efforts. Various construction companies have also arrived to offer equipment and assistance.
Recovery efforts were underway immediately after the collapse as 45 people, including 4 young boys from our community were buried under the rubble. The Dar es Salaam KSIA Jamaat & Africa Federation officials and hundreds of volunteers from communities as well as the Tanzanian Police Force and Fire and Rescue were at the site of the accident.
There has been an overwhelming support from different communities of Dar es Salaam; their volunteers, and medical staff joined hands with our volunteers, doctors and medical staff who were working non-stop in the rescue operations at the site since the early hours of Friday. Several agencies from the Government of Tanzania and Construction Companies also took part in removing the rubble from the site, to search the victims who may have been buried beneath the rubble.
After the collapse as the heavy machinery was involved in accessing the People buried under the rubble , the People who were trapped under the rubble were frantic making calls to friends and relatives from under the collapse. In the Process of the In time recue Operations Sixteen people were pulled out alive.
It took almost 48 Hrs to clear the Major Rubble from the Site. As pe the sources as a result of the collapse of the building, 34 people have been killed, which includes four children from the Khoja Shia community who were in the compound of the Imambargha at the time of the collapse. Furthermore, 11 people have been injured of which four remain in hospital.
Suhail Mohamed Karim (Age13), Salman Salim Damji (Age 8), Yusuf Mohammed Khaki (Age 14) and Zahid Kanji (Age 14) were found under the rubble. The Funeral & burials of young Suhail, Salmaan and Yusuf took place on 30th Mar , Saturday, while young Zahid who was found hours later was buried on 31st Mar , Sunday after zohrain prayers.