Five people were murdered when a 10-story building in Abadan, Iran‘s southern metropolis, partially collapsed, and rescuers were attempting to aid at least 80 people trapped beneath the wreckage, according to Iranian state television.
The structure, according to the semi-official Mehr news agency, is a residential-commercial complex on Amir Kabir street in the city, which is close to the Iraqi border.
Emergency teams from neighbouring cities were being rushed to assist with the rescue mission, according to state television, with two teams of rescue dogs, a helicopter, and seven rescue vehicles already on the scene. It showed footage of enraged Abadan locals yelling anti-government slogans.
According to state television, the head of the court in Khuzestan province has ordered an investigation into the building’s collapse, and its owner and the contractor who built it have been arrested.
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