Toll from Pakistan factory collapse rises to 17 dead

By REUTERS
February 7, 2012 09:36

LAHORE - The death toll from the collapse of a three-story factory in the Pakistani city of Lahore rose to 17 on Tuesday as rescue workers continued to search for survivors amidst the rubble, an emergency official said.

A gas explosion on Monday caused the building to collapse, trapping dozens of laborers, mostly boys aged 14-23, inside.

"We just recovered another body. The total death toll is 17 and we have rescued 13 people," Karamat Ali, a spokesman for the government Rescue 1122 emergency service, told Reuters.


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