Thursday, November 05, 2015

10 killed, 74 injured as factory building collapses in Pakistan's Lahore

At least 10 people were killed and 74 others injured on Wednesday evening after a four-storey building of a factory collapsed in Pakistan's eastern city of Lahore, local media and officials said.

District coordination officer of Lahore, Muhammad Usman, said that around 35 people are still buried under the debris and rescue teams are working to take them out safely.

The accident happened when some laborers were busy doing construction work in the building in the Sundar Industrial Estate of Lahore, provincial capital of the country's eastern province of Punjab.

Local media quoted some rescue officials as saying that they can hear voices of the people trapped under the debris.

A state of emergency has been declared in all the public hospitals in the city.
  Xinhua -


  • At least 18 people have been killed and more than 75 others injured after a factory collapsed in the industrial area of Lahore, in Pakistan's east.

Muhammad Usman, a local administrator, said about 150 workers, including the owner of the factory, were at the three-storey building at the time of collapse on Tuesday.

Rescue official Jam Sajjad Hussain said dozens of other labourers remain trapped under the rubble.

Hussain said emergency teams are using heavy machinery to remove the bodies and look for survivors.

Army personnel have been deployed to the site of the factory to help in the rescue efforts, the military said.

Dozens of the workers' families rushed to the scene of the incident to learn about the fate of their loved ones.

Provincial spokesman Zaeem Qadri told reporters that progress was slow because the factory was at the end of a narrow lane making it difficult for excavators to reach the site.

He added that an emergency has been declared at all local hospitals.

Chief doctor Zia Ullah of Jinnah Hospital, where some injured have been taken, said most of the victims were young workers, with many suffering head injuries and fractured limbs.

The cause of the collapse was not clear, but it comes more than a week after a magnitude-7.5 earthquake hit Pakistan, killing 273 people and damaging nearly 75,000 homes across the country.

Pakistan has a poor safety record in the construction and maintenance of buildings.

Last year, a mosque collapsed in the same city, killing at least 24 people.

More than 200 people lost their lives to collapsed roofs following torrential rainfall and flooding in 2014.

In 2012, more than 255 workers were killed when a fire tore through a clothing factory in Karachi, one of the deadliest industrial accidents in Pakistani history.
Source: Al Jazeera And Agencies



1 comment:

  1. Lahore factory collapse: Rescuers search rubble for survivors...

    A major rescue operation is under way to save dozens of people thought to be trapped in rubble after a factory collapsed in Lahore, Pakistan.

    At least 17 people died when the factory, which was under construction, collapsed on Wednesday.

    Cranes and bulldozers are being used and the army is assisting in the rescue efforts.

    The cause of the collapse is still unknown. Building safety levels are often below standard in Pakistan.

    Two floors of the factory, in the Sundar Industrial Estate on the outskirts of the city, were operational, while a third was being built..........


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