At least 11 dead, several injured as residential building collapses in Karachi

At least 11 dead, several injured as residential building collapses in Karachi

Karachi (Web Desk): At least eleven people died and several others sustained injuries when a five-storey residential building collapsed in Golimar area of Karachi.

According to Karachi Metropolitan Cooperation Director Medical and Health Services, Dr Salma Kauser, 11 people had so far been killed and 30 others were injured in the collapse.

The dead and injured were shifted to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital.

"Some of the injured have been given first aid and discharged from the hospital while others have been referred to the orthopaedic and surgery departments", Dr Salma added.

Police and Rangers reached the area as a large crowd from neighbouring buildings gathered in the streets. A contingent of engineers from the Pakistan Army also arrived at the scene to assist rescue officials.

As per the details, the lower portion of the building was already damaged and the entire building was said to be in dire need of restoration work.

Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah took notice of the incident and directed Commissioner Karachi Iftikhar Ali Shallwani to ensure people are safely recovered from the rubble.

The Sindh CM also summoned a report related to the building’s construction and today’s rescue operation.

Karachi Mayor Wasim Akhtar ordered that the injured should be provided the best possible medical care.

Meanwhile, Inspector General of Police Mushtaq Mahar also directed Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Central, Mohammad Arif Aslam Rao to head the rescue operation in the area.