June 10 , 2016

Awning collapse at Karachi mosque kills five

KARACHI: A collapsed metal awning killed at least five people after Friday prayers at a mosque in the city of Karachi, police said.

A temporary sun shade fell on the courtyard area of the Usman mosque in central Karachi following prayers, said police
official Zulfiqar Haider.

"I was in the mosque myself ...people were offering a prayers following the conclusion of the (main) Friday prayer when we heard a loud crash following a gust of wind," he said.

The corrugated metal awning fell directly on worshippers, he said. Temperatures in Karachi often hit maximums of near 40
degrees Celsius in the summer, and the awning had been erected to shield worshippers from the sun.

Karachi, a sprawling metropolis of more than 20 million people, is one of the world´s largest urban areas, but construction codes are often ignored.

It is a problem that is common across Pakistan. In November, 44 people were killed when a multi-storey factory collapsed in the eastern city of Lahore.


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