The Army Urban and Research team evacuated at least 20 stranded people and one dead body of building owner from debris of a five-storey building that caved-in in Chakswari town of Mirpur district in Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK).
Deputy Commissioner Mirpur Raja Tahir Mumtaz told State Views that debris removal and rescue operation has been going on for 28 hours. He said that along with the expert team of Army, State Disaster Management Authority, Rescue 1122، civil defense, local volunteers and police are also participating in the operation.
The army rescue teams were dispatched from Rawalpindi to aid the civil administration in carrying out relief work, a statement issued by the Inter-Services Public Realtions (ISPR) said.
The relief operation was ongoing till filing of the story. At least nine people out of 25 present in the multi-storeyed marriage hall sustained critical injuries after the building collapsed during renovation work, officials said.
Rescue teams belonging to the Pakistan Army – headed by Brigadier Saeed and Brigadier Irfan – teams of National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), State Disaster Management Authority (SDMA), Rescue 1122, civil defence, local volunteers and police immediately rushed the site to join the relief works to rescue the victims.
The injured were shifted to the local as well as Mirpur Divisional Headquarter hospital.
(With additional input from tribune.com.pk)