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Karachi building collapse toll reaches 18

Karachi, Mar 6 (IANS) | Publish Date: 3/6/2020 10:03:37 AM IST

The death toll from the collapse of a residential building in Karachi has increased to 18 as rescue workers retrieved eight more bodies from the rubble, officials said Friday.

The five-storey building collapsed Thursday afternoon in Rizvia Cooperative Housing Society, trapping dozens of people in the debris, reports Xinhua news agency.

Senior Superintendent of Police of Karachi Central District Arif Aslam Rao told the media that the search and rescue operation continued throughout Thursday night and was still ongoing as there were more people trapped under the debris.

“The search and rescue operations will not end till the last piece of rubble is removed,” the official said.

Confirming the toll, Sohail Khan, a medico-legal officer at the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital, told Xinhua that seven women and three children were among the deceased, while at least 36 others were injured.

Rescue officials said that the operations have been difficult because the streets were narrow and highly congested, adding that they also had to be careful in removing the rubble as they believe nearby buildings may also collapse.

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