Six killed in wall collapse during I-Day celebrations in Gilgit-Baltistan

Updated: Aug 14, 2019, 15:22 IST | mid-day online correspondent

The wall collapsed as it could not bear the weight of the people climbed on it to watch the celebrations

Six killed in wall collapse during  I-Day celebrations in Gilgit-Baltistan
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At least six people lost their lives and 13 others suffered injuries after a boundary wall collapsed amid Independence Day celebrations in Gilgit-Baltistan, the northernmost province administered by Pakistan

"Six are confirmed dead, while three others are in critical condition," a hospital source was quoted by The Express Tribune. According to witnesses, people had climbed a boundary wall to watch the Independence Day celebrations when it collapsed due to the weight of the people.

"I saw people including women and children buried under the debris," a witness said in a PTI report. The rescue operation was launched immediately after the incident. The injured were shifted to a combined military hospital.

With inputs from PTI

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