KARACHI: Three residential buildings in the city’s Golimar area collapsed on Thursday, killing 11 and wounding more than a dozen people, officials said.
MLO Abbasi Shaheed Hospital informed that bodies of seven women, three children and one man were brought after the incident. At least 18 people were wounded in the incident, said Police surgeon Dr Qarrar Abbasi.
“Among those who have been identified in the building collapse are Haider, Maryam, Yahya, Hira and Ghulam Mustafa,” she said. One woman had also died in the building collapse but authorities had not been able to identify her yet.
Rescue sources informed that two children were also rescued. Those wounded were shifted to a nearby medical facility.
Army and Karachi Metropolitan Corporation’s team also reached the site of incident to aid the rescue operations.
According to police, three buildings collapsed in the area, with one of them being completely destroyed, while major part of the other two buildings was razed to the ground.
Police said that the fourth building near the three collapsed buildings was also declared unsafe.
Following the incident, Chief Minister Sindh Murad Ali Shah directed deputy Commissioner Karachi to reach the site, according to CM Sindh’s spokesman.
The CM Sindh also summoned a report related to the building’s construction and today’s rescue operation.
Emergency at Abbasi Shaheed Hospital
Abbasi Shaheed Hospital declared an emergency after it received the bodies and began treatment of the wounded from the incident.
Senior Director Health KMC Dr Salma Kosar said that 25 injured have been brought to the hospital so far.
She further said that six wounded have been shifted to the ICU.
SBCA officers suspended
According Additional Director Sindh Building Control Authority Ashkar Daud, the building was made illegally and those officers who were involved in its approval have been suspended.
Speaking to Geo News, he said that the building was constructed by merging 40 square yards’ plots.
He said that a case will be registered against those involved, adding that the Sindh government has suspended 28 SBCA officers.