Karachi (July 18, 2017): The death toll in the collapse of a portion of a three-storey building in Liquatabad area here has risen to five while works are on to save the lives of 20 people feared to remain buried under the debris.
Seven people injured in the incident are being treated at Abbasi Shaheed hospital.
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A portion of the dilapidated residential building collapsed last night burying many people under its debris. The residents of the area tried to pull the people buried under the derbris on their own. Four people including a girl were pulled out from the rubble in injured condition and were rushed to the Abbasi Shaheed hospital.
District Commissioner Central Fariduddin, Mayor Karachi Waseem Akhtar, and Deputy Mayor Arshad Vohra reached the scene of incident after receiving the news. Talking to media Mayor Waseem Akhtar said that the rescue and relief works were immensely hindered by narrow lanes making it impossible to use heavy machineries to help in the works.
Earlier, bodies of three people have been pulled from under the debris of the three-storey house a portion of which had collapsed night.
Over 20 people are still feared to remain buried under the debris while eight people have reportedly being injured in the deadly collapse in Liaquatabad area here.
Heavy machienries are being brought in as the works to clear the rubble continues. The rescue and relief works are being hindered by narrow lanes that could not accommodate heavy machineries.
A large number of Rangers and police personnel are also busy in the rescue and relief works.
Meanwhile, Mayor Karachi Waseem Akhtar has ordered the completion of the rescue operation at the earliest. Talking to media at the site of the incident he said that nothing could be said with certainty about the numbers of the people buried under the rubble. The Sindh Building Control Authority has constantly been informed about the dilapidated buildings but it fails to take any action, he added.