Latest reports suggest that at least 18 people were killed when a factory collapsed in the provincial capital city of Lahore. Over 150 people are reported trapped under the rubble. Rescue forces from all over the city started clearing out the rubble. The death toll is expected to rise in the hours to come. Over 75 people have been rescued from the debris with severe injuries. The factory, which was over four floors high has collapsed in all its entirety and no wall remains standing. It was reported that the factory owners were conveyed concerns regarding the building but to no avail. It was feared that the factory building had reached an age where it could collapse at any moment, especially after the massive earthquake to have hit the city recently. Muhammad Osman, a senior local government official said,
People have received phone calls from three or four people from inside the debris, so we cannot remove the rubble recklessly. Army engineers have been immediately moved for the rescue operation.
The factory in question was located in an industrial site situated 20 km south of the city. Shopping bags were manufactured in the factory. It is still not clear as to the reasons of the sudden fall of the factory, although construction work had been going on for quite some time. Mohammad Ramzan, father of a 24-year-old son Amin said,
My son is a daily wage laborer here. We can’t find him aong the dead or the injured, so I am just hoping that he will be recovered from the rubble safely.
It would seem that there are countless people currently unaccounted for and there is absolutely no way to be certain regarding the number of casualties. The rubble cannot be removed recklessly as the number of people under the debris is unknown. The government needs to enforce strict building codes in order to ensure safety of the people. Hopefully, such accidents can be avoided in the future.You can follow us on Facebook, Twitter, or Google+ for more updates. Otherwise fill in the subscription box above, or subscribe to our RSS Feed.