Landslide leaves five dead in Pakistan's Karachi

Unplanned urbanization has raised the chances of landslides in the outskirts of the country’s commercial capital

Landslide leaves five dead in Pakistan's Karachi

World Bulletin / News Desk

 At least five people were killed and several others injured when a landslide struck a slum in Pakistan’s southern port city of Karachi on Thursday morning, said police.

The incident -- third in less than two years -- occurred in Karachi’s western neighborhood, Gulshan-e-Ghazi, where the landslide hit a house, Asif Razzak, a city police chief told reporters.

All 9 people trapped under the rubble, he said, had been pulled out after an hour-long rescue operation. Among the dead are four of a family and a guest.

In recent years, according to experts, unplanned urbanization, and illegal constructions, mainly in the outskirts, have increased the chances of landslide and other disasters in the country’s commercial capital.

Thousands of people, particularly those who have migrated from other parts of the country, have settled on the foothills in the city’s western and eastern outskirts with the chances of landslide always there.

In October 2015, a massive landslide had killed 13 people in Karachi’s eastern district. 

Güncelleme Tarihi: 06 Nisan 2017, 09:52