At least three people, including two children, were killed and four injured as a three-storey building collapsed in Liaquatabad area of Karachi in Pakistan late on Monday.
Soon after the incident, area people rushed to the scene and retrieved three bodies and four injured from the rubble.
Rescue workers are still trying to free at least two survivors trapped when the building collapsed about 3:00am Tuesday.
Karachi’s Deputy Commissioner Farid Uddin said the death toll could climb as rescue workers carefully sifted through the rubble, fearing that more people could be trapped inside the building that was housing nine families.
Uddin said the cause of the collapse wasn’t immediately known.
Initial reports indicate the age of the building and poor construction could have caused the collapse.
Safety codes are often ignored in Pakistan and in some of the poorer areas construction is haphazard and bribes are paid to inspectors to approve substandard construction.