Terrifying six-storey apartment complex in Karachi collapses 40 minutes after the evacuation
Terrifying six-storey apartment complex in Karachi collapses 40 minutes after it was evacuated when cracks were noticed in the building
- Al-Ramzan Tower in Karachi, Pakistan, was evacuated on Monday December 30
- Spectators stare at the building and shout seconds before it collapses
- The tower block collapsed in 40 minutes after residents were evacuated
This is the moment when a six-story apartment building has crumbled to the ground and residents have been fleeing from fear.
The Al-Ramzan tower in Karachi, Pakistan, collapsed on Monday, December 30, 40 minutes after residents were evacuated.
Footage shows people staring at the building and screaming seconds before it collapses on the floor.
The six-storey Al-Ramzan tower in Karachi, Pakistan, seconds before it fell to the ground (left). Spectators flee in a panic while the tower crumbles to the ground (right)
Suddenly the apartment building folds in on itself, so that plumes of smoke come out between the narrow streets.
The dust clouds make their way through the houses while spectators run away from the dust that has flooded the area.
Authorities ensured that all residents were evacuated from the block and officers locked the building after reports that the building had been tilted and cracks had formed in the walls.
Residents see the frightening tower collapse on itself (left). Clouds of smoke and dust flood the narrow street (right)
A police officer told Dawn: “Forty minutes later, the building collapsed, but no one was injured.”
Birds circle above after the tower block falls to the ground
The building housed 21 apartments and also had two stores.
It is built in violation of the rules of the Sindh Building Control Authority.
The plans were approved in 1987 for a single-storey block, but five more floors were added illegally according to the procedure Samaa.
The tower was considered illegal in 1991 and the owner had accepted a residence permit for demolition, official documents were revealed.
Rescue teams reached the site and cleared up the rubble in an attempt to clean up the rubble.
An investigation into the construction was also addressed to the SBHA and the commissioner.
Reportedly, a fire broke out in 2014 in the building and the authorities are busy tracing the responsible builder.
Nobody was injured in the incident, but special assistant Waqar Mehdi said that strict measures would be taken against those responsible for the unsuitable building.