A six-storey building at Bangshal area in Dhaka city has tilted after the pre-dawn earthquake on Monday.
Brojen Kumar Sarkar, fire service control room official, said that their men rushed to Bangshal after the tilting was reported.
Officials on the spot said that residents of the building were not evacuated as it did not pose a ‘major risk’.
“There was a four-inch gap between two buildings. The quake closed the gap. We do not see any major risk,” fire service assistant deputy director Abdul Halim said. The official said that the city authorities have been informed. “Engineers will examine the building.”
Panna Lal, a resident of the building told bdnews24.com. ,”60 families live there”. “It’s a six storey building with ten units on each floor; it was constructed three years ago,” the resident said.
Meanwhile, a building at Shankhari Bazar area in Old Dhaka has developed crack after the tremors.
Police said that four families live in the three storey-building which has been declared abandoned by city authorities.
Shankharibazar residents said the building is jointly owned by 22 people and families of four of them live there. The others left due to the shabby condition, according to a news agency report.
“Other families moved out, but we cannot afford it. We rushed out from the house when the quake struck. The fire service is telling us to move, but where will we go?” one of the residents Suman Sur said.