Building collapse kills 4, injures dozens in Iran – Middle East Monitor

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A 10-story building collapsed in southwest Iran on Monday, killing at least four people and injuring dozens more, officials said Anadolu News Agency reports.

Mojtaba Khaledi, spokesman for Iran’s national emergency medical organization, said 25 people were injured in the collapse in the city of Abadan.

However, some reports put the death toll at five and the number of injured at 80.

More than 150 people were inside the Metro Pol commercial building under construction on busy Amiri Street when it collapsed. Agency Anadolu learned from official sources.

The reason for the collapse was initially unknown. Rescue operations were underway when the latest reports came in. All nearby buildings have been evacuated.

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Mehdi Valipour, the head of Iran’s Red Crescent Society, was quoted by local media as saying at least 80 people could be trapped under the rubble.

The incident was reported around 12:30 p.m. local time (0800 GMT).

Provincial officials in Abadan told state media that the building is under construction in a congested residential area, which could drive up tolls.

Videos and photos circulating on the internet showed injured people being taken to hospitals, some in critical condition, while people queued outside hospitals to donate blood.

According to Waheed Shabani, executive director of the Red Crescent Society in Khuzestan province, four rapid-deployment teams from neighboring towns have been dispatched to the area to help with rescue and relief efforts.

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