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Four dead, 80 trapped in Iran building collapse

TEHRAN (AFP) – At least four people died and about 80 were trapped under rubble when an unfinished building collapsed in southwestern Iran, officials said.

“Parts of the 10-storey Metropol building, located in Abadan, capital of Khuzestan province, collapsed,” state television said, noting that the premises was still under construction.

An initial toll confirmed that at least “four people have lost their lives and 21 others have been injured”, spokesman for the national rescue service Mojtaba Khaledi was quoted as saying.

At least 80 people were trapped under the rubble and rescue dogs were deployed to help locate them, according to a regional branch of the Red Crescent.

The building is located on Abadan’s busiest street where “commercial, medical and office” buildings predominate, according to state television.

The cause of the collapse was under investigation.