Seven children die, another injured in K-P water tank collapse

In Punjab, four labourers were injured when an under construction bridge collapsed in Rahim Yar Khan district


Xinhua May 08, 2021
PHOTO: RADIO PAKISTAN

ISLAMABAD:

At least seven children were killed and another one was injured when a water tank made of bricks and cement collapsed in Mohmand district of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, rescue officials said on Saturday.

The children aged between four and 12 years were playing near the tank when walls collapsed on them, Abdullah Mohmand, spokesperson of Rescue 1122 told Xinhua.

He added that the children remained trapped under the debris of the tank until the residents and rescue teams retrieved the bodies and the injured from the rubbles.

He said that the tank was in a dilapidated condition, and locals used to fetch water from it for drinking and other purposes, adding that on Saturday some people including parents of the kids were filling water in their cans when the incident happened.

The injured child was shifted to a nearby hospital where his condition is stable, the spokesperson said. The authorities have launched a probe into the incident.

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Meanwhile, four labourers were injured when a under construction bridge in Ihsanpur area of Punjab’s Rahim Yar Khan collapsed and fell into the canal on Saturday.

Rescue officials shifted the injured to Sheikh Zayed Hospital in Rahim Yar Khan. Sources said that the use of substandard material in the construction of the bridge could be possible reason of collapse.

The video footage of the incident shows labourers are working on a bridge that suddenly comes crashing down, and so do the labourers, leaving them injured.

In a similar incident this week, at least three people, including a 12-year-old boy, died after falling into an open manhole in New Karachi’s Saba Cinema area.

(With input from DNA)

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