Building collapses in Karachi’s Timber Market

No casualties have been reported so far

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A building collapsed in Karachi’s Timber Market Monday afternoon. It was constructed 15 years ago.

The Sindh Building Control Authority had gotten the six-storey building, Ramzan Tower, the vacated a few hours ago after it started to tilt. It comprised 21 apartments and was located at Sughra Gali.

The blueprint of the building was approved in 1987. It was supposed to be one-storey building but later on five additional storeys were constructed illegally.

The SBCA said that the building was illegal in April 1991. The building’s owner had taken a stay order on the building demolition, reveal official documents.

Rescue teams reached the site and cleared the debris using heavy machinery. The gas and electricity connections to the building were suspended too.

Ashkar Dawar, the director of the SBCA, said that there are more than 300 old and dangerous buildings in Karachi.

"We want to get them demolished but their occupants are unwilling to vacate," he told SAMAA TV.

He remarked that the members of the SBCA's technical committee on dangerous buildings are reaching the site of the collapsed building after which they will share more details.

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