16 killed, dozens trapped as roof of factory collapses in Lahore

Published: November 4, 2015
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Army soldiers and rescuers search the victims in the rubble of a collapsed factory on the outskirts of Lahore on November 4, 2015.  PHOTO: AFP

Army soldiers and rescuers search the victims in the rubble of a collapsed factory on the outskirts of Lahore on November 4, 2015. PHOTO: AFP

LAHORE: At least 16 people were killed and 40 injured when a factory roof collapsed in Lahore on Wednesday, with around a hundred more still trapped.

“The rescue workers have so far retrieved 16 dead bodies while at least 40 injured have been taken to hospitals,” Mohammad Usman, the city’s top administration official who was coordinating the response to the disaster, said.

The toll was confirmed by Haider Ashraf, a senior local police official.

The incident took place at a polythene bag factory in the Sundar industrial estate in the city.

Jam Sajjad Hussain, a spokesperson for the rescue services, said 100 people were still trapped, while ambulances were taking the injured to hospital.

“All our rescue workers are on site but it is such a big incident that we have called rescue workers from other nearby districts,” he added.

Rescue workers remove a victim from the rubble of a collapsed factory on the outskirts of Lahore on November 4, 2015. AFP PHOTO

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Zaeem Qadri, a spokesperson of the Punjab government 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.

An official of the Edhi foundation told The Express Tribune the cries for help from under the debris could be heard at the site.

Two floors of the building were operational while the third was under construction, the worker added.

DCO Lahore Capt (retired) Muhammad Usman said more than 150 labourers were working in the factory when it caved in.

Meanwhile, Pakistan Army engineers were dispatched to the factory site for rescue operation, military’s media wing Inter-Services Public Relations said.

“Specialised troops along with urban search and rescue teams have been sent on a special plane from Rawalpindi to Lahore, the ISPR said.

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Reader Comments (7)

  • deed
    Nov 4, 2015 - 9:41PM

    if after years we have develop any organization that is only n only ARMY.Recommend

  • Adil Khan
    Nov 5, 2015 - 3:03AM

    @deed:
    Absolutly, and that too thanks to someone we totally like to ignore and forget: the person who gave Pakistan it’s only golden era, Ayub Khan. Please read the history books and you’ll see how he made Pakistan Army what it is today, and beyond that many many other institutions. Recommend

  • Humza
    Nov 5, 2015 - 5:04AM

    @deed: Rescue units 1122 were on the scene in seconds and did great work. They deserve credit for being a great organization there too.Recommend

  • Humza
    Nov 5, 2015 - 5:05AM

    @deed: Rescue units 1122 were on the scene in seconds and did great work. They deserve credit for being a great organization there too.Recommend

  • Kala_bacha
    Nov 5, 2015 - 5:27AM

    Should have JIT which includes IB,ISI,CIA and FIA to do independent and biased investigation for this incident.Recommend

  • ZAK
    Nov 5, 2015 - 6:45AM

    Very sad and tragic incident.Root cause to be found out.Violation of laws byPersonal individuals and groups has become our symbol of pride.

    All laws are availble in Pakistan but who will implement.

    Who will bell the cat. Recommend

  • brar
    Nov 5, 2015 - 7:11AM

    It is tragic pray for the poor labourers who lost their lives but in spite of building bye laws available such accidents do happen because the laws are not strictly followed due to corrupt Govt officials even after this accident nothing will change it is our destiny we are ruled rich and for them we are just votes.Recommend

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