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Iranians protest as the death toll reaches 34 in the collapse of the tower block

  • At least 34 people have died in a collapsed building in Iran.
  • Four people are unaware.
  • Protests have been held calling for prosecution.

The death toll from last week’s collapse of a tower block in southwestern Iran has risen to 34, state media reported Tuesday, while emergency crews continue to comb the rubble.

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A large part of the 10-storey Metropol building, which was under construction in a busy street in the city of Abadan, crashed to the ground on May 23, leading to one of the country’s most deadly disasters in recent years.

The state news agency IRNA quoted the city’s governor Ehsan Abbaspour as saying:

The total number of killed is 34 with the discovery of another body this morning.

It leaves four people unaware of the 38 authorities who had previously said they were missing in the crash.

Over the past week, nightly protests have taken place in Abadan and other cities in Khuzestan province to demand that those responsible be prosecuted and punished.

“Incompetent officials must be executed” were among the slogans shouted by protesters, Iran’s news agency Fars reported.

At a memorial service in Abadan late on Sunday, hundreds of vandals drowned out a speech by a local member of the Assembly of Experts, the body that elects Iran’s supreme leader.

Others crashed into a platform used by state television and knocked a camera to the ground, the Tasnim news agency reported.

According to the province’s judiciary, 13 people have been arrested in connection with the building’s collapse, including the mayor and two former mayors.

In January 2017, 22 people, including 16 firefighters, died in a fire that engulfed the 15-storey Plasco shopping center in the capital Tehran.


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Iranians protest as the death toll reaches 34 in the collapse of the tower block

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