Five Dead, At Least 80 Trapped After Building Collapses in Iran: Report

State television said emergency teams from other cities had been sent to assist in the rescue operation.  (Photo: Pixabay / Representative)

State television said emergency teams from other cities had been sent to assist in the rescue operation. (Photo: Pixabay / Representative)

The semi-official Mehr News Agency identified the building as a residential and commercial property on Prince Kabir Street in the city, close to the border with Iraq.

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  • Last updated:May 23, 2022, 21:38 IST
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Five people were killed when a 10-storey building in the southern Iranian city of Abadan partially collapsed and rescuers are trying to help at least 80 people trapped under the rubble, Iranian state TV reported on Monday. The semi-official Mehr News Agency identified the building as a residential and commercial property on Prince Kabir Street in the city, close to the border with Iraq.

State television said emergency teams from other cities had been dispatched to assist in the rescue operation, with two teams of rescue dogs, a helicopter and seven rescue vehicles already at the site. It showed footage of angry Abadan residents chanting slogans against the city’s authorities.

State television said that the head of the judiciary in Khuzestan province had ordered an investigation into the collapse of the building, and had arrested its owner and the contractor who built it.

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