Three of family buried alive in building collapse in Lahore

Web Desk – October 02, 2019

The Rescue 1122 took six hours or so to complete the operation and recover the trapped people, witnesses told media persons. — Asif Chaudhry/File
The Rescue 1122 took six hours or so to complete the operation and recover the trapped people, witnesses told media persons. — Asif Chaudhry/File

LAHORE: Three members of a family died while seven others were injured, two of them critically, after a building at Samanabad collapsed on Tuesday.

Rescue teams recovered the bodies of Muhammad Sharif, 75, Riffat Bibi, 45, and Nazia, 44, from the debris. Of the seven injured, three were women and a minor girl. They were shifted to hospitals for treatment.

The deputy commissioner and other senior government officers visited the site when they were informed about the scale of the building collapse incident.

The Rescue 1122 took six hours or so to complete the operation and recover the trapped people, witnesses told media persons.

A police official said the building which housed shops on the ground floor and a residence on the upper portion caved in around 9am. Apparently, the incident occurred owing to its dilapidated condition and according to initial information, four to five people were trapped under the debris.

The rescue teams recovered in the first hour four persons with multiple injuries, a spokesperson for the Emergency Service said. He said the teams faced many challenges in executing the operation and heavy drill machines and specialised equipment were used.

District Emergency Officer Shahid Waheed led the operation, he said, adding that the teams intensified the work and recovered seven people alive. They were identified as Shahzaib, 20, Fazal, 21, Asma, 45, Mahnoor, 20, Mariyum, 7, Waqas, 30, and Awais, 20.

He said the rescue experts recovered the bodies of three people during hours-long operation that ended at 5pm. The condition of two of the injured was said to be serious when shifted to the local government hospitals, he said.

The police started investigation into the incident to dig out facts.

Rescue workers search for victims in the debris a day after an under-construction building collapsed in Sihanoukville on June 23, 2019. – Cambodian rescue workers picked through the rubble of a Chinese-owned building on June 23 in a desperate search for survivors after at least 17 people died when the under-construction building collapsed at a beach town. (Photo by SUN RETHY Kun / AFP)

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