LAHORE: At least 10 persons were killed when a roof of a mosque collapsed in Droghawala area here on Tuesday.
The spokesmen for district administration and Rescue 1122 told APP that the incident took place when Zuhr prayer was being offered in the mosque near Daroghawala, adding that it was double storey building and right side of its roof slab fell onto people who were offering prayer.
He added that on information the rescue teams reached the spot and started rescue work with the cooperation of locals and over 10 rescue vehicles were participating in the rescue operation.
He said that about 10 to 15 more people were feared trapped under the rubble and rescue teams were trying to remove the debris.
The volunteers of social welfare organizations were seen coordinating their efforts with the rescuers of Punjab Emergency Service (PES) to retrieve the victims from the debris.
About 7 people including Salman Saleem (12), Liaqat Mukhtar (50), Rizwan Naseer (32) sustained serious injuries were shifted to nearby hospitals including the Services Hospital while the bodies were taken to the Mayo Hospital morgue, he added.
Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif also visited the site of roof collapse of Jamia Hanfia Daroghawala to review the rescue and relief operations.
Punjab Minister for Food Bilal Yasin, MPA Khawaja Imran Nazir, MPA Waheed Gul, Commissioner Lahore Division Rashid Mehmood Langrial, CCPO Amin Wainse, Director General Rescue 1122 Dr Rizwan Naseer, DCO Capt (retd) Muhammad Usman and DIG Operations Dr Haider Ashraf also visited site of roof collapse to review rescue operation.
The Commissioner Lahore briefed the chief minister about the incident, and relief and rescue operations.
The chief minister inquired about the injured and directed the officials to utilize all resources to remove the debris. He also directed the officials to provide best facilities to the injured.
He also announced Rs 500,000 each for the families of the deceased.
A large number of people of the area participated in the rescue and relief operation while the electricity was also suspended for little span of time due to the rescue work.