Eleven workers were killed early Wednesday after part of the outer wall of a sprawling compound collapsed after being weakened by rain near an under-construction bridge on the outskirts of the Pakistani capital, Islamabad, police and rescue officials said.
The wall collapsed while the workers were sitting inside their tents on the roadside at the construction site.
In a statement, Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif has expressed grief and sorrow over the deaths.
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Local police official Mohammad Akram and emergency service rescue 1122 said that the collapse happened during monsoon rains near Golra neighborhood and the dead bodies were recovered. At least five construction workers were also injured, said senior police officer Khan Zeib.
Officials said the rains did not damage the walls of the under-construction bridge and that the workers were killed or injured when the wall of a nearby building collapsed and buried them under the debris.
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Pakistan has been experiencing monsoon rains since June 25, with at least 112 people killed in weather-related incidents. The rains also overflowed Pakistan’s rivers in Punjab province in eastern Punjab, inundating hundreds of villages and displacing at least 15,000 people.
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