14 dead, over 30 injured as five-storey residential building collapses in Karachi
Statesman Report
KARACHI: At least 14 people were killed and several others injured when a five-storey residential building in Karachi’s Gulbahar area — formerly known as Golimar — collapsed on Thursday.
According to Karachi Metropolitan Cooperation Director Medical and Health Services Dr Salma Kauser, 14 people had so far been killed due to the collapse, while some 30 others had been brought to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital in injured condition.
Dr Kauser added that some of the injured were given first aid and discharged from the hospital while others were referred to the orthopaedic and surgery departments.
Police and Rangers reached the area as a large crowd from neighbouring buildings had gathered in the streets.
Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah took notice of the building collapse and directed Commissioner Karachi ensure that rescue and relief operations to are executed smoothly the area.
Karachi Mayor Wasim Akhtar, while taking notice of the incident, ordered that the injured should be provided the best possible medical care.
Inspector General of Police Mushtaq Mahar had also directed Central Senior Superintendent of Police Mohammad Arif Aslam Rao to head the rescue operation in the area, a police press release said.
A contingent of police and rangers was dispatched to the area to help with the rescue operation as a number of area residents gathered in the street.