Published On: Wed, Nov 4th, 2015

Pakistan’s factory collapse kills 16; hundred trapped


At least 16 people were killed and hundreds others injured when a factory at an industrial area in the country’s eastern city Lahore collapsed, media reports said on Wednesday.

The reports said more than 70 people were taken out from the debris of the four-storey factory located in the Sundar Industrial Estate, 20 kilometre south of city on Sundar Raiwind Road.

They said a score of labourers are still trapped. Rescue teams are facing difficulties in rescuing the victims.

Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif directed the Punjab Government to expedite rescue efforts.

A local government official Muhammad Usman told Reuters that it was not clear what caused the collapse, though construction work had been going on there.

Pakistan’s developers frequently flout building codes. Industrial disasters are not very uncommon in the South Asian nation with businesses evading precautionary measures to prevent industrial accidents.

In September 2012, 289 people were burned to death in a fire at a garment factory in the southern city of Karachi. On the same day, a fire at a shoe factory in Lahore killed 25.

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