Karachi, (IINA) - At least five people were killed and several others injured when a landslide struck a slum area in Pakistan's southern port city of Karachi on Thursday.
The incident -- third in less than two years -- occurred in Karachi's western neighborhood, Gulshan-e-Ghazi, where the landslide hit a house, Asif Razzak, a city police chief told reporters.
All nine people trapped under the rubble, he said, had been pulled out after an hour-long rescue operation. Among the dead were four fromm a family and a guest.
In recent years, according to experts, unplanned urbanization, and illegal constructions, mainly in the outskirts, have increased the chances of landslide and other disasters in the country's commercial capital.
Thousands of people, particularly those who have migrated from other parts of the country, have settled on the foothills in the city's western and eastern outskirts with the chances of landslide always there.
In October 2015, a massive landslide had killed 13 people in Karachi's eastern district.
Source: International Islamic News Agency