Collapse of a factory in Pakistan: 16 dead, dozens of people trapped

centaine-personnes-toujours-prisonnieres-batimentAt least 16 people were killed and nearly a hundred others are trapped by the collapse of a factory in an industrial area near Lahore in eastern Pakistan, said local officials to AFP.

“Rescuers removed the bodies of 16 people, and at least 40 injured were transferred to hospitals,” said the head of the administrative services of the city, Mohammad Usman.

One hundred people were still trapped in the building, said the spokesman of the rescue services, Jam Sajjad Hussain, adding that rescue workers from neighboring districts were called in.

The incident took place in a factory manufacturing polythene bags in Sundar Industrial Zone, about 45 km from the center of Lahore.

The army announced that it was deploying specialized teams in research and engineering.

Number of buildings are poorly maintained or constructed without respecting any standards in Pakistan, as demonstrated by the damage during the powerful earthquake that struck the country last week.

Last year a mosque collapsed in the same city, killing 24 people.

The September 11, 2012, 255 workers had died in the fire of their textile factory in the port city of Karachi, one of the worst industrial accidents in the history of Pakistan.

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