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At least five workers were killed and an unspecified number injured Monday when part of the ceiling of a building under construction at Dubai airport collapsed
The state-run United Arab Emirates news agency said the building site was part of a $4.1 billion expansion project for Dubai airport, one of the busiest in the Middle East. The project is due to end in 2006. "Five people were killed and others injured when a scaffolding at the site which is still under construction collapsed," a senior airport official told Reuters. A hospital official said at least 10 people were being treated for injuries. Rescue teams were searching for more workers at the site. Dubai, one of seven emirates that make up the United Arab Emirates, is a rapidly growing regional trade and tourism hub. The project includes a new terminal, which when complete, will raise the number of passengers handled by the airport to 46 million a year, informs Reuters. Eight workers were killed and many injured yesterday when a huge steel mesh wall at Dubai airport collapsed, burying labourers under the rubble. According to the NEWS, the new wall was being built as part of a multibillion-dollar extension to the busy airport when the reinforcement cage gave way. Witnesses said up to 40 people were rushed to nearby hospitals but the exact number could not be confirmed."We don't know how many," said an official of al-Naboodah Contracting, the main firm at the site. The accident is a blow to the self-proclaimed "world's fastest growing" airport and a country enjoying a boom in its tourist industry. Dubai, one of seven emirates that make up the oil-rich UAE, is a rapidly expanding regional trade hub and is viewed as one of the Gulf's less intimidating destinations. Dubai airport - a main transit route for Asia and the West - hopes the ?2.26bn expansion will boost passenger numbers from 22 to 60 million by 2018. Yesterday's accident at a new terminal will throw a spanner in the works. "The wall fell down, and we all ran to help, but there wasn't anything we could do," said Daljinder Singh, a worker. Most of the victims were thought to be immigrants from India and Pakistan, working for a UAE-British consortium, Al-Naboodah Laing, which won the construction contract last year, An Indian was among five killed when a steel mesh wall collapsed during the building of a multi-billion-dollar extension to Dubai-s international airport today, authorities said. ?During the preparation of a wall, a section of the reinforcement cage fell, trapping workers,¦ Dubai-s Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) said in a statement. ?Twelve workers were rescued and sent to hospitals with injuries while five succumbed in the incident.¦ The accident occurred at the site of a $4.1 billion expansion project for Dubai airport, one of the busiest in West Asia. ?When it (the wall) collapsed, everyone ran for help. Some people were trapped under and were shouting,¦ a worker at the site said. Hundreds of workers, mostly Asians, were seen streaming off the construction site and were driven away in buses. Police sealed off the area as ambulances and police cars rushed in and out. Many workers were caught underneath the rubble and it was not immediately known if the rescue operation was over. The DCA said it was launching an investigation. Dubai, one of seven emirates that make up the United Arab Emirates, is a rapidly growing regional trade and tourism hub. Dubai airport is a main transit route for Asia and the West, handling 18 million passengers last year. The expansion project, due to be completed by 2006, includes a new passenger terminal and two concourses that airport officials say will raise the number of passengers handled to 60 million by 2010, reports the Guardian Unlimited
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