17 dead, 150 trapped under rubble in Lahore factory collapse

LAHORE: A four-storey factory building in the Sundar Industrial Estate near Lahore collapsed on Wednesday, killing at least 17 people and wounding numerous others. At least 150 people are still trapped under the rubble.

The rescue workers have so far retrieved 16 dead bodies while at least 96 injured have been rescued and taken to hospitals. Over 200 people worked in the factory all of whom are trapped under the rubble. In recent development 3 more individuals identified as 26-year-old Mohammad Saleem, 17-year-old Bilal and Azhar were extricated from the debris. Azhar s legs had to be amputated in order to save his life.

The collapse took place at a four-storey Rajput Polyester factory, which manufactured polythene bags, in the Sundar Industrial Estate around 45 kilometres (30 miles) southwest of Lahore.

Upon district administration’s request, Pakistan Army men have arrived at the scene along with heavy machinery including hydraulic jacks to partake in the rescue operations.

At least 15 vehicles of Rescue 1122 are already busy carrying out the rescue operation while they’re also joined by Pakistan Army personnel and Bahria Town organization. Cylinders for oxygen have also been provided to those trapped under the wreckage.


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