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Hopes Fade For Finding More Survivors After Lahore Factory Collapse


Pakistani Army soldiers and rescue workers search for survivors amid the rubble of a factory that collapsed in Lahore, Pakistan.

A frantic search is continuing in Pakistan to find survivors thought to be trapped under the rubble of a collapsed factory building.

But as heavy machines were digging and dogs sniffed through rubble near Lahore, more than 24 hours after the building fell, hopes for saving others was dwindling.

By sundown on November 5, rescuers had pulled out more than 100 survivors and retrieved the bodies of 22 people who were killed in the tragedy.

But Arshad Zia, head of rescue services in Punjab Province, said “there is little chance of finding anybody alive now.”

The factory, which produces polythene shopping bags, collapsed in an industrial district south of Lahore on November 4.

Authorities initially had said 150 people might be trapped.

Survivors said children as young as 12 were among the factory workers who were victims.

The cause of the tragedy, which took place at a time when a third floor was being added to the factory, has not been confirmed.

Officials said the building may have suffered structural damage in a 7.5-magnitude earthquake that hit the region last week, killing more than 400 people.

Based on reporting by Reuters, AP, and AFP