Two labourers working on the Rawalpindi-Islamabad Metro Bus Project were buried alive on Tuesday after loose dirt collapsed on them at a site near Peshawar Mor.
Five labourers were busy in excavation work when they got trapped under a landslide. “A side of the road completely caved in due to the recent rains,” said Abdul Sattar, a labourer.
Other labourers started rescuing their trapped colleagues along with rescue workers and brought out two labourers who were alive.
The injured victims, identified as Muhammad Hashim, Samiullah and Zaid Khan, all from Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, were shifted to the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences in Red Crescent ambulances.
The dead bodies were handed over to their relatives later.
Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif ordered an inquiry into the matter and said compensation payments should be made to the families of the deceased and injured labourers.
Published in The Express Tribune, August 13th, 2014.