50 feared dead as residential building collapses in Karachi

50 feared dead as residential building collapses in Karachi

KARACHI: A six-storey residential building collapsed in Lyari’s Khadda Market on Sunday night. Two women’s bodies have been pulled out from under the debris and 12 peopel have sustained injured in the incident, according to rescue workers.
It is believed that there were around 50 to 60 people in the building at the time of the collapse. Around 10 families lived in the building.
The building was constructed on 400-square yard plot. An adjoining five-storey building was also damaged in the collapse.
A resident of the building said that his brothers and in-laws were in the building when it collapsed. He said that his family had left the building after it started shaking earlier in the day. His brothers and relatives had gone back into the building to pick up some furniture.
Another resident said that some families had left the building minutes before it collapsed. The area plunged into darkness as electricity went out soon after the incident.
Karachi Mayor Wasim Akhtar said the building control authority has a list of old buildings in the city and has repeatedly asked them to evacuate them.
He said the city government’s fire and rescue departments were working in the area.
Nasir Hussain Shah, the Sindh information minister, said that the government has instructed all the departments to help the rescue workers and provide medical aid to injured. He and Education Minister Saeed Ghani visited the site.
The police, Rangers and Pakistan Army are at the scene to help with the rescue process.
Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah has taken notice of the accident and Governor Imran Ismail has summoned a report on the incident.

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