Tanzania building collapse toll hits 25

March 31, 2013 at 10:56 PM
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DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania, March 31 (UPI) -- The death toll from the collapse of a multi-story building under construction in Tanzania reached at least 25 Sunday, authorities said.

A total of 18 survivors were pulled from the debris soon after the building toppled Friday Dar es Salaam, but none in last 46 hours the BBC reported. It wasn't clear how many people may remain trapped.

The British network said at least four people, reportedly the building owners and construction officials were being questioned by police.

Nishit Surelia, who witnessed the collapse of the building, which was to have been 12 stories high when completed, told the BBC the building made a "huge noise" as it fell.

"Everyone started running, thinking it was an earthquake," Surelia said. "There was dust everywhere. We then realized what had happened."

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