Scores trapped after five people died and buildings collapsed in Iran: state television


Iran’s first responders and civilians will meet in Abadan, Iran, on May 23, 2022, where a 10-story building collapsed. (WANA via Reuters (West Asia News Agency))

Dubai — Five people died when a 10-story building in Abadan, a city in southern Iran, partially collapsed and rescuers tried to help at least 80 people who remained trapped under rubble. Iran’s national television reported on Monday.

The semi-official Mehr News Agency has identified the building as a residential and commercial property on Amir Kabir Road in the city near the Iraqi border.

According to state television, emergency teams have been dispatched from other cities to support rescue operations, with two teams of rescue dogs, a helicopter, and seven rescue vehicles already on the scene. It showed footage of an angry Abadan inhabitant shouting a slogan to city officials.

According to state television, the Attorney General of Khuzestan ordered an investigation into the collapse of the building, and its owner and the contractor who built it were arrested.

Dubai News Room

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