Eight dead in Rawalpindi building collapse
ISLAMABAD: At least eight people were feared dead and several others injured when an under-construction building collapsed in Rawalpindi on Friday afternoon.
A new building, Bano Arcade, was being erected in the congested market and while the third floor was being constructed, the whole structure collapsed. Many people, including construction workers, shopkeepers and shoppers who were in the building at the time, were buried under the debris. Private channel GEO said at least 40 people were trapped.
Rescue workers rushed to the spot and cranes were also used to remove the debris. People and rescuers said the building collapsed due to sub-standard material being used in the construction. Sheikh Muhammad Anwar, the building’s owner, fled from the scene. Federal Information Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed, Rawalpindi District Nazim Tariq Kyani and other district administration officials also reached the spot. Mr Rashid has ordered an inquiry. —Staff Report