15 bodies recovered in Karachi building collapse incident
KARACHI: At least 15 dead bodies have been recovered from under the debris of the five-storey building that collapsed on Sunday night as rescue operation is still underway.
Ten other wounded people are being treated at nearby hospitals.
The rescue operation is being carried out slowly and carefully as phone calls were received from the people stuck under the rubble. Residents of the buildings adjacent to the damaged building have started shifting their belongings to other places until as they wanted to stay away from the site of the incident until the rescue work gets completed.
A man was recovered alive from building rubble after 26 hours of search operation in Karachi’s Lyari area on Tuesday.
Rescue officials including Pak Army personnel and Edhi volunteers had recovered the man, identified as Shahid, alive from under the debris of the five-storey building which collapsed on Sunday night in Khadda Market locality.
However, Shahid succumbed to his injuries during treatment at hospital later. An iron rod had pierced his abdomen.
Karachi Mayor Waseem Akhter had said that 250 buildings existed in the metropolis in dilapidated condition and it was the responsibility of the Sindh government to get them vacated. He said the Sindh government had the list of the dilapidated buildings.
It may be noted that it is third incident of building collapse in last six months in Karachi, however the work on illegal construction of buildings could not be halted yet.