Updated news with names of victims 13 killed as landslide hit slum in Karachi


KARACHI: Thirteen people, including seven children, were killed when a landslide hit shanties in Gulistan- i-Jauhar in the wee hours of Tuesday.

The incident took place at around 2:00 am when a rock fell on makeshifts of three families. Rescue teams rushed to the scene and recovered the bodies and some injured. Those died were identified as Qadeer Ahmad, 30; Rehana, 25; Muqaddas, 6-month; Sadaf, three-year-old; and Ahmad, two-year-old ; Munir Ahmad, 40; Nasreen Bibi, 33; Saira, 14; Zehra; six year-old; Fatima, 25; Azan three-year-old; Ayan, one and half year-old; and Khurshid Ahmad, 25.

Edhi’s spokesperson said that five victims, including three children, were sent to Kadrah area of Khanpur, Punjab, on ambulance while eight others were shifted to Bahawalpur, their hometown. He said that Edhi also managed to send victim’s heirs to their native places.

Commissioner Karachi Shoaib Siddiqui also reached the spot and supervised the rescue operation. The rescue teams include Rangers, police, Rescue 1122, KMC officials and nearby residents.

The bodies were shifted to Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre (JPMC) for medico-legal formalities. Rescue workers dug rubble with shovels, hoes and mechanical tools for recovering the bodies and survived people. The victm families came from Bahawalpur and Rahim Yar Khan, and were living in the shanties.