Pakistan: Death Toll In Lahore Factory Collapse Rises To 18

The death toll from a factory that collapsed in Lahore has risen to 18, a rescue official said.

Rescue workers and residents retrieve the body of a victim from the rubble of a collapsed factory in Lahore, February 6, 2012

ISLAMABAD: The death toll from a factory that collapsed in Lahore has risen to 18, a rescue official said.

The factory, which manufactured medicine, caved in Monday in the city after several gas cylinders inside exploded.

Rescue official Asad Ahmad said Tuesday that workers have pulled 13 people out of the rubble alive. Around 30 people are still believed to be under the debris.

Government officials said the factory was built illegally in a residential area of Lahore. The government closed it three times, but each time it reopened.