Tanzania building collapse - 11 charged

2013-04-03 20:29
(Picture: AP, Xinhua)

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Dar es Salaam - Eleven people were charged with manslaughter in a Tanzanian court on Wednesday following the collapse of a tower block last week in which 36 people died.

The 11, who include the owner of the Dar es Salaam building, Raza Hussein Ladha, as well those involved in its construction including an architect, engineers and surveyors, have yet to enter a plea.

Prosecuting lawyer Bernard Kongola said the accused had "unlawfully killed 24 people". Although 36 people died in the disaster in the Tanzanian economic capital, only 24 have as yet been formally identified.

The accused were remanded in custody until 16 April, when magistrates will rule on an application for bail.

Dar es Salaam, a major port for east Africa and home to some four million people, is rapidly expanding, and is one of the world's fastest growing cities, according to UN figures.

Construction projects crowd the city, including several high-rise developments, although the majority of people live in simple, informal housing.

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