11 Killed, Hunderds Still Under Rubble as Rescue Operations Underway
LAHORE: A factory roof caved-in killing at least eleven people in the industrial area of Lahore on Wednesday.
The incident occurred in a three-storey building of a shopping bag manufacturing factory in Sundar Industrial Estate when its under-construction roof collapsed.
According to Edhi rescue workers at the site, more than 100 labourers are still under the debris and so far eleven dead bodies have been taken out of the rubble.
An official of the Edhi foundation said that the cries for help from under the debris could be heard at the site.
Two floors of the building were operational while the third was under construction, the worker added.
DCO Lahore Capt (retired) Muhammad Usman said more than 150 labourers were working in the factory when it caved in. Whereas eye witnesses contest the figure to be 300.
Close to 70 injured have been rushed to the hospital among which 15 are said to be critical.
The owner of the factory, Muhammad Ashraf, was inside the factory when the incident happened and his body along with his manager has been recovered from the debris.
The situation remains critical as Pakistan Army has been sought to help assist the situation, which ISPR responded with affirmation. Soldiers have been dispatched in aircraft from Rawalpindi.
A minor rescued from the factory said that there are plenty of other kids his age that worked in the factory, bringing question to the table of child labor.
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