LAHORE: At least 16 labourers were killed and dozens injured when an under construction factory collapsed in Lahore Wednesday evening, rescue and city administration officials said.
More than 40 injured labourers have been shifted to hospitals where they are being given emergency medical treatment.
Rescue officials further said around 100 people are feared trapped under the debris, including underage employees, and the death toll is expected to rise.
The factory is located in Lahore’s Sundar Industrial Estate and manufactures polythene bags.
Rescue officials are currently facing difficulties in carrying out rescue operations and are using heavy machinery to pull out bodies and survivors.
DCO Lahore Capt (retd) Usman said that the actual number of casualties will be ascertained once the rescue operation is completed.
He, however, claimed that all available resources are being utilised to carry out the rescue and relief operation.
Meanwhile, eye witnesses say they can hear the screams of help of those trapped under the collapsed structure.
Army teams have also reached the site and are carrying out search and rescue operation alongside the city administration teams, the ISPR said.
The factory’s fourth storey was currently under construction.
A labourer, Rafique, while talking to media, said they were busy in construction work on the fourth floor when the building collapsed.
He said more than 150 labourers were working in the factory at the time of the incident.
The director general Rescue 1122 is himself present at the scene and is monitoring the relief and rescue operation.
The cause of the building collapse is currently not clear but it comes over a week after a magnitude-7.5 earthquake hit the northern parts of the country, killing 273 people and damaging nearly 75,000 homes.