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Pakistan building collapse kills 16

At least 16 people, mostly women and children, were killed when a five-storey building collapsed in the southern Pakistani city of Karachi, authorities said.

The building in the congested Lea Market area caved in on Friday night, local Mayor Mohammad Dilawar said, adding that only three of the 16 bodies recovered were men.

Four to five more people are believed to be trapped under the rubble. The structure was possibly weakened by days of heavy monsoon rains.

Local media reports quoted residents as saying that the first two floors of the building were used as warehouses while families lived above.

The city’s mayor said rescue teams was facing problems moving through the narrow streets in the area and no heavy equipment could be taken to the site.

 

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