13 killed in Bangladesh construction accident

13 killed in Bangladesh construction accident

13 killed in Bangladesh construction accident

Updated 25 November 2012, 15:05 AEST

At least 13 people have been killed and dozens are missing after a flyover under construction collapsed in Bangladesh's south eastern port city of Chittagong.

At least 13 people have been killed and dozens are missing after a flyover under construction collapsed in Bangladesh's south eastern port city of Chittagong.

"So far 13 dead bodies have been recovered," police sub-inspector Mohammad Alauddin told said, adding that military rescue teams had been called in to help with the search for victims.

The number of missing could not immediately be confirmed but police constable Shakakhawat Hossain said that dozens could be trapped under the debris.

Mr Hossain said about 20 people were injured, including some during clashes between police and an angry crowd that attacked the site offices of the construction company after the flyover collapse on Saturday evening.

In September the World Bank said it was concerned about corruption in Bangladesh, reiterating that it would not get new funding for a bridge project until a credible probe into corruption around the project was undertaken.

The Washington-based institution said it was not yet prepared to reactivate financing for the $3 billion Padma road and rail bridge which was intended to connect the capital Dhaka to coastal districts.

AFP