karachi Jafar Tayyar Society demolish a building with a fer senden

karachi  Jafar Tayyar Society demolish a building with a fer senden


A three-storey building collapsed in the Jafar Tayyar Society in Karachi's Malir 7:30am Monday. So far, three bodies have been pulled out of the rubble.

Between 35 and 40 people were trapped under the rubble and as of 12pm, five people have been rescued, including a woman and a child. Rescue teams are at the scene but the lanes around the building are too narrow for the heavy machinery needed to lift the debris to pass through. Residents of the area are pulling people out from under the rubble themselves.

At 10am, a single heavy machine (an excavator) arrived to clear the rubble. It is being reported that people can hear children crying under the rubble.

Karachi Commissioner Iftikhar Shalwani arrived at scene two and a half hours after the building collapsed. He said they are trying to move bystanders away so that the rescue teams can work.

The three people rescued from the rubble have been taken to the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre. There were four families living in the building.

The three-storey building was constructed on 96 square yards

The three-storey building was constructed on 96 square yards of land and questions are being raised on whether this was legal. The authority is responsible for approving building plans and had to approve the plan for this building before it was constructed.

The Sindh Building Control Authority now says that the responsibility for the building collapse lies on the shoulders of the owner. According to the initial report, a column for the building was being installed incorrectly. It had given permission for the construction of ground plus two building and the construction within the building was unsafe, it said.

The police, Rangers and rescue teams are at the site but so far no heavy machinery has been able to reach the scene. The Karachi deputy commissioner is working to bring in small machines to help clear the rubble. Without machines, the massive pieces of rubble cannot be lifted and the people trapped beneath cannot be rescued.

Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah has taken notice of the incident and directed the Karachi commissioner to supervise the rescue work. He has also summoned a report on how the building collapsed.

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