Karachi: As the toll of deaths from building collapse swelled to 12 with five more bodies – one of a girl and four men – were recovered under the rubble of the building collapsed in Moosa Lane area of Lyari on Friday, the rescuers believed that too congested streets may lead to further causalities that timely rescue could been avoided.
The police sources said three bodies were recovered after Friday’s daylong, which were shifted the Civil Hospital Karachi and later handed over to the heirs on completion of legal formalities. The deceased were identified as Roshan, Razia, Jaffer and two unknown. With recovery of today’s five bodies, the death toll has reached to 14, they added.
On the other hand, the rescue sources said that the ill-planned residential buildings were major reason behind the rising number of death. “The narrow streets with most of the buildings covering mandatory open spaces have badly hampered the rescue activity. We cannot move the heavy machinery to the site to remove mass mangled and dig out the people buried under it.”
A senior rescuer, requesting anonymity, feared that the number of death could further rise for the same reason. About 15 to 20 more bodies might be buried in the rubble of the building and would be taken out in two to three days.
The rubble of two collapsed floor is still lying on the ground, and its not possible to immediately remove large amount rubble, he said.
Meanwhile, emotional scenes were witnessed at the medical facility as the families living in ill-fated building received more bodies of their loved ones. They were blaiming government for the incidents and slow rescue work.