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Dozens feared trapped after 10-storey building collapses in Iran Dozens feared trapped after 10-storey building collapses in Iran
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Six people have been killed and dozens more are thought to be trapped after an unfinished building collapsed in south-west Iran, state media report.Six people have been killed and dozens more are thought to be trapped after an unfinished building collapsed in south-west Iran, state media report.
The Iranian Red Crescent said rescue teams had pulled 32 survivors from the rubble of the 10-storey Metropol office block in Abadan.The Iranian Red Crescent said rescue teams had pulled 32 survivors from the rubble of the 10-storey Metropol office block in Abadan.
Pictures showed that concrete floors and steel beams had fallen on to the street below, crushing several cars.Pictures showed that concrete floors and steel beams had fallen on to the street below, crushing several cars.
Officials said the cause of the collapse was being investigated.Officials said the cause of the collapse was being investigated.
Local prosecutor Hamid Maranipour said both the Metropol's owner and the building contractor had been arrested.Local prosecutor Hamid Maranipour said both the Metropol's owner and the building contractor had been arrested.
عملیات جست‌وجوی و نجات حادثه‌دیدگان ریزش ساختمان ۱۰ طبقه واقع در ته لنجی #آبادان با ١٢ تيم امداد و‌نجات از شهرستان‌های آبادان، خرمشهر، دشت آزادگان، ماهشهر، شادگان، واکنش سریع استان و آنست ادامه دارد. ۵۰ نیروی امدادی از شهرهای همجوار برای اعزام به محل حادثه آماده‌باش هستند. pic.twitter.com/KBOZFsBVCMعملیات جست‌وجوی و نجات حادثه‌دیدگان ریزش ساختمان ۱۰ طبقه واقع در ته لنجی #آبادان با ١٢ تيم امداد و‌نجات از شهرستان‌های آبادان، خرمشهر، دشت آزادگان، ماهشهر، شادگان، واکنش سریع استان و آنست ادامه دارد. ۵۰ نیروی امدادی از شهرهای همجوار برای اعزام به محل حادثه آماده‌باش هستند. pic.twitter.com/KBOZFsBVCM
State news agency Irna reported that the building was located on Abadan's busiest commercial street, and that its lower floors had been open for a few days while construction work continued above.State news agency Irna reported that the building was located on Abadan's busiest commercial street, and that its lower floors had been open for a few days while construction work continued above.
Witnesses said the collapse, which happened at around 12:40 local time (08:10 GMT), was sudden.Witnesses said the collapse, which happened at around 12:40 local time (08:10 GMT), was sudden.
"I thought it was an earthquake at first," Ahmad, a shop owner, told the Associated Press."I thought it was an earthquake at first," Ahmad, a shop owner, told the Associated Press.
The Iranian Red Crescent said 17 rescue teams from Abadan and neighbouring cities rushed to the scene along with more than a dozen ambulances.The Iranian Red Crescent said 17 rescue teams from Abadan and neighbouring cities rushed to the scene along with more than a dozen ambulances.
It initially feared that at least 80 people were trapped in the rubble, but after several hours rescuers lowered the missing to "tens" of people.It initially feared that at least 80 people were trapped in the rubble, but after several hours rescuers lowered the missing to "tens" of people.
The Metropol building was located on one of Abadan's busiest commercial streetsThe Metropol building was located on one of Abadan's busiest commercial streets
The Mehr news agency said most of those who were trapped had been shopping on the ground floor of one of the finished parts of the building.The Mehr news agency said most of those who were trapped had been shopping on the ground floor of one of the finished parts of the building.
Later on Monday afternoon, angry residents took to the streets to protest against the actions of local authorities. A video showed them shouting: "Today is a day of mourning for poor Abadan".Later on Monday afternoon, angry residents took to the streets to protest against the actions of local authorities. A video showed them shouting: "Today is a day of mourning for poor Abadan".
In another video, a crowd appeared to run after the city's mayor, Hossein Hamidpour, near the scene of the collapse.In another video, a crowd appeared to run after the city's mayor, Hossein Hamidpour, near the scene of the collapse.
In 2017, at least 20 people were killed, including 16 firefighters, when the 17-storey Plasco building in Tehran caught fire and then collapsed.In 2017, at least 20 people were killed, including 16 firefighters, when the 17-storey Plasco building in Tehran caught fire and then collapsed.