KARACHI: Thirteen people lost their lives as a result of a landslide that buried shanties in Gulsitan-e-Jauhar area here in the wee hours of Tuesday.
According to rescue services, seven children and three women were among the thirteen bodies dug out from the rubble. The dead belonged to the southern Punjab, said the local residents.
Rangers’ personnel also took part in the rescue effort that continued for hours till morning.
Sources said the landslide that occurred at 2 AM buried three shanties located on a plot in Block 1 of Gulsitan-e-Jauhar area. Most of the people living in the shanties were asleep when the incident happened.
The rescue operation suffered a long delay, as the heavy machinery from the concerned departments arrived at least two and half hours after the incident.
Commissioner Karachi, Shoaib Siddiqui said an investigative committee will be constituted to probe the incident.
Shoaib Siddiqui said the time lag between the occurrence of an incident and starting of a rescue operation will have to be minimized.
Prime Minister expresses deep grief, sorrow
Prime Minister (PM) Muhammad Nawaz Sharif has expressed deep grief and sorrow over the sad demise of 13 people landsliding in Karachi.
PM directed the concerned authorities to speed up relief efforts and ensure recovery of all person stuck in the sand.
The premier has also directed to provide special medical care to the injured and every possible help to the families of the deceased.