A five-storey building collapsed in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo in the early hours of Sunday. At least 13 people, including a child, died in the accident.
oi-Sanjay Kumar Jha
At least 13 people have died after a five-story building collapsed in Syria’s second largest city of Aleppo on Sunday morning. At present, rescue workers are searching for people in the debris. There were 30 people present in the building at the time of the accident. Syrian state media has given information about this. According to the report, the building was under the control of the US-backed Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces. According to local media, the leak weakened the foundation of the five-storey building, causing it to collapse.
According to the information, fire department vehicles, police, bulldozers etc. are present on the spot. After this accident, people are busy in search of their neighbors and relatives. Some people have been admitted to a nearby hospital. There have been several cases of building collapse in Aleppo in recent years, according to local media reports. Many of the buildings here were destroyed or damaged during Syria’s 11-year conflict. Local residents say that many people living in these buildings were relocated, while some remained there, and that there has been no systematic reconstruction of the site and no state services.
Politics intensified regarding the weakness of buildings
These vulnerable buildings have led the opposition to accuse President Bashar al-Assad of punishing residents by halting services from the districts where the uprising against him erupted. The opposition says that in many cases, repairs to war-damaged buildings are carried out and paid for by local people. However, the government denies this allegation. The government says that such problems are happening because of the war and Western sanctions.
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Story first published: Sunday, January 22, 2023, 19:28 [IST]