Pakistan Factory Collapses: At Least 20 Killed, Scores Trapped

Collapsed factory

On Wednesday, a Pakistan factory collapsed at least 20 people have been feared dead, and up to 150 people trapped. The factory is located near the eastern Pakistani city of Lahore. Officials said this is adding to a number of industrial disasters to hit the South Asian nation.

Rescue workers digging for survivors with construction equipment have recovered 75 injured people so far, said Mohammad Usman, a senior local government official who was on the scene.

“Eighteen dead bodies have also been found”, he said.

Around 150 people were feared trapped under the rubble after the building collapsed, said rescue worker Kashif Nazir at the scene.

Mohammed Usma said, “People have received phone calls from three or four people from inside the debris, so we cannot remove the rubble recklessly,” said Usman.

The military was flying urban search-and-rescue teams to the scene, said a military spokesman in a text message.

“Army engineers have been immediately moved for the rescue operation,” the message said.

The factory, located at an industrial site about 20 km (12 miles) south of the city, manufactured shopping bags. It was not clear what caused the collapse, though construction work had been going on there, but it occured more than a week after a magnitude-7.5 earthquake hit Pakistan, killing 273 people and damaging nearly 75,000 homes across the country.

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