News ID: 321932
Published: 0300 GMT May 28, 2022

Amir-Abdollahian: Foreign Ministry mourning building collapse

Amir-Abdollahian: Foreign Ministry mourning building collapse
Rescue workers watch as an excavator removes debris at the scene of a collapsed building in the ‎southwestern Iranian port city of Abadan, Khuzestan Province, on May 28, ‎‎2022.

National Desk

Iran’s foreign minister condoled with the families of the victims of the building collapse in Abadan and the people of the southwestern Iranian city, saying the country’s diplomatic apparatus is, like the rest of the people, mourning the tragic incident.

Hossein Amir-Abdollahian made the remarks in a message on Saturday, IRNA reported.

He said the disastrous event, which took place on Monday, leaving dozens dead and injured, has caused deep pain and sorrow.

Amir-Abdollahian also wished patience for the victims’ families and speedy recovery for the wounded.

In remarks on Saturday, Abadan’s Governor Ehsan Abbaspour said the fatalities of the sudden partial collapse of the 10-storey commercial building, known as Metropol, have risen to 29, IRNA reported.‎

According to the latest figures, 37 people have so far been injured, of which 34 have been released from the hospital.

Earlier, Abbaspour had said 2,000 workers were involved in the rescue operation, which would ‎continue until the last casualty is evacuated.

On the day of the incident, the president of the provincial Red Crescent ‎organization, Vahid Shabani, quoting eyewitnesses, initially put the number of the ‎trapped people at 80‎.‎

Later, Mojtaba Khaledi, the spokesman for Iran's emergency services, said 50 people were estimated to be still trapped under the debris.

On Tuesday, the Judiciary’s Mizan news agency reported that 10 people were ‎arrested in the wake of the incident that also killed the building’s owner and ‎contractor.

The building, which is under construction, is located on a crowded street in ‎downtown Abadan, surrounded by commercial and medical complexes. Its sudden collapse, which trapped dozens under debris, ‎shook nearby buildings severely. ‎

The Iranian Ministry of Roads and Urban Development has sent a team of experts ‎to the site of the incident to investigate the cause, which is believed to be a failure ‎to observe technical and engineering standards during the construction process. ‎



Resource: IRNA
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