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13 killed as Karachi building collapses: police

Nine die in Bangladesh landslide
At least nine people, including six from one family, were killed in southeastern Bangladesh on Friday when heavy monsoon rains triggered landslides, police said. Kamrul Ahsan, the police chief of the district of Bandarban, told AFP the victims died while they were sleeping in bamboo homes on hillsides in the Chittagong Hill Tracts. "There were six members of a family inside the house and none survived the landslide," Kamrul said, adding that heavy monsoon rains on Thursday had triggered the landslide. He said authorities had identified a number of other houses vulnerable to landslides and warned people to move. Deaths from landslides are common in Bangladesh, particularly during the monsoon season from June to late September. In June 2007, landslides triggered by the heaviest rain in Chittagong in recent years killed at least 130 people.
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Karachi (AFP) Aug 1, 2009
At least 13 people, most of them women, were killed when a building in the southern Pakistani city of Karachi collapsed Saturday, injuring at least another eight, police said.

The incident took place in Karachi's densely populated Khajoor Bazaar when all the floors of a five-storey building collapsed, trapping dozens of people in the debris.

"We have recovered 13 dead bodies, eight people are injured," police official Irfan Meao told AFP by telephone, adding that eight women and two children were among the dead.

A representative of the local government said that they were investigating the collapse.

"We are investigating the reasons, the building may be damaged because of last month's heavy monsoon rain water," Dilawar Khan told AFP, adding that rescue work was still under way.

He said that there could be at least one more body trapped in the debris.

Last month Karachi's first torrential rains of the monsoon season killed at least 26 people, mostly women and children, and injured hundreds.

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