Death toll from Karachi buildings collapse rises to 18
Statesman Report
KARACHI: The death toll after multiple residential buildings collapsed in Karachi’s Golimar area on Thursday had risen to 18 by the following day, with rescue efforts continue to retrieve any survivors still stuck under the rubble.
According to a Geo News report, rescue teams had retrieved seven more dead bodies from the rubble since previous night.
Senior Superintendent of Police (Central) Arif Aslam Rao has said that the rescue operation has been slow as they fear that there are more people stuck in the rubble.
He added that the rubble has to be moved carefully as they believe nearby buildings may also collapse.
“The nearby buildings have been vacated as well due to this situation,” said SSP Rao. He added that the rescue operation was also facing difficulties due to narrow streets and may continue throughout the day.
The operation team includes officials from the district and city governments, Pakistan Army, Sindh Rangers, police, fire brigade, Edhi foundation, Chippa Welfare and others.
This is the second such incident in the port-city in a span of less than 30 days, bringing into question the role of the Sindh Building Control Authority (SBCA), which seems to have failed in controlling the mushrooming growth of hazardous and illegally-built structures in the metropolis.
Earlier, in February, a ground-plus-five storey residential building constructed on 80-square-yard plot in Lyari’s Usmanabad had developed cracks before tilting dangerously.
Meanwhile, Minister for Local Government Nasir Hussain Shah has assured that strict action will be taken against illegal buildings. He said that at this point, all focus was on the rescue operation and extracting the people stuck under the rubble.
Case registered
An FIR has been registered at the Rizvia Police Station regarding the incident. According to the FIR, the police received information of the incident at 12:25pm on Thursday. Clauses related to negligence and damage to people’s life and property have been added to the FIR.