36 dead in the collapse of a tower in Iran | Daily Express Online


Tower collapse in Iran kills 36

Published on: Thursday 02 June 2022


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Iranians inspect the remains of the 10-story tower that collapsed in the southwestern city of Abadan. (photo by AFP)

TEHRAN: The death toll has risen to 36 since a tower collapsed in southwestern Iran last week, sparking angry protests, state media reported. Much of the 10-storey Metropol building that was under construction on a busy street in the city of Abadan crashed to the ground on May 23, resulting in one of the country’s deadliest disasters in recent years. “Thanks to the efforts of the search and rescue forces, this evening the body of the 36th person was removed from the rubble,” Abadan Governor Ehsan Abbaspour was quoted by state news agency Irna as saying.

Five students were among the dead, said Masoud Hamidinejad, the head of Khuzestan’s education department, according to Irna. The latest toll leaves just two people missing out of the 38 authorities who had previously deemed them missing in the collapse. A mourning service for the victims of the tragedy was held in Tehran on Tuesday, with dozens beating traditional drums and banging cymbals, local media reported. A number of high-ranking figures attended the service, including senior security official Ali Shamkhani, footage showed. Over the past week, nightly protests have taken place in Abadan and other towns in Khuzestan province demanding that those responsible be prosecuted and punished.

“Incompetent officials must be executed” were among the slogans chanted by protesters, Iran’s Fars news agency reported. At a memorial ceremony in Abadan late on Sunday, hundreds of hecklers drowned out the speech of a local member of the Assembly of Experts, the body that selects Iran’s supreme leader. Others spilled onto a platform used by state television, knocking a camera to the ground, the Tasnim news agency reported. According to provincial justice, 13 people were arrested in connection with the building collapse, including the mayor and two former mayors.

In January 2017, 22 people, including 16 firefighters, died in a fire that engulfed the 15-storey Plasco shopping center in the capital Tehran.
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