The number of people killed when an unfinished building collapsed in south-west Iran has risen to 24, state media say.

Dozens more were injured when the 10-storey Metropol office block in Abadan crashed to the ground on Monday.

Pictures showed that concrete floors and steel beams had fallen on to the street below, crushing several cars.

A search and rescue operation is continuing, and the cause of the collapse is being investigated.

At least 10 people are reported to have been arrested, including the Metropol’s owner, the building contractor, the mayor and two former mayors.
Hundreds of angry people, many banging drums and hitting cymbals, took to the streets in Abadan on Thursday night and yesterday morning, in protest.

The Iranian Red Crescent said 23 rescue teams from Abadan and neighbouring cities rushed to the scene along with more than a dozen ambulances.

Credit: BBC

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