Death toll in Lahore factory roof collapse soars to 20


ISLAMABAD/LAHORE: The death toll in roof collapse of a four-storey building of a plastic bag factory at Sundar Industrial Estate in Lahore on Wednesday has risen to 20 while 78 persons have so far been rescued safely from the debris.

District Coordination Officer Capt (r) Mohammad Usman said relief activities are in full swing to retrieve the remaining people from the debris. The injured have been shifted to the hospital for medical treatment.

He said Army Engineering Corps and rescue teams are using heavy machinery for early clearance of the rubble so that the trapped remaining workers could be saved alive.

According to D.G Operation Khawaja Salman Rafiqe, eight cranes are being used for rescue while 30 abmulances and 30 vehicles of 1122 are also busy in the operation. Emergency has been declared in all government hospitals to provide best medical facilities to the injured.

Punjab Chief Minister Mohammad Shahbaz Sharif has ordered an inquiry into the incident. Talking to media men during his visit to site of the incident, he said that strict action would be taken against Sundar Industrial Estate administration if any negligence was found in the inquiry.

He also inspected the relief and rescue operation and praised the efforts of the rescuers and jawans of the army and the police. Meanwhile, the Punjab government has announced a compensation grant of Rs 05 lac each to the killed in the roof collapse incident.