Death toll climbs to 22 in Lyari building collapse

The death toll from the Lyari building collapse has risen to 22 after the rescue personnel pulled another three dead bodies from the rubble of the building that collapsed on Sunday June 7th.

Rescue personnel recovered another three dead bodies from the rubble of the five-storey building that collapsed on June 7, taking the total number of casualties to 22.

Rescue teams are still in the process of clearing the debris while cautiously searching for any possible survivors and victims, whereas the dead bodies have been shifted to Civil Hospital Karachi, and have not been identified yet.

Rescue teams of Pakistan Army, Sindh Rangers, Sindh Police and various welfare organizations had immediately responded to the building collapse in Kalri area of the Lyari, and had initially rescued 11 people who were in the vicinity and were injured due to building collapse.

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Furthermore, rescue teams are facing difficulty in using heavy machinery to clear out the rubble due to narrow streets and possibility of further dead bodies  that might still be buried under the debris.

It is to be noted that Sindh Building Control Authority (SBCA) had already declared the five-story building which was 25 to 30 years old as ‘dangerous and unstable’ two months ago, and most of the families had already vacated the building in wake of the SBCA warning. The structure was erected on a 400 square yard plot and had 40 apartments.