Death toll rises to two in hotel roof crash

Another victim of the Pearl-Continental hotel roof collapse died from his injuries while undergoing treatment at Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Center (JPMC), bringing the death toll to two on Friday.

The false ceiling of a hall of the emblematic five-star hotel in the city had collapsed on Thursday evening. One man was killed on the spot and three others were injured in the landslide. One of the injured died Friday during treatment.

People shared videos and images of the incident on various social media platforms showing rubble in the hotel lobby.

Meanwhile, the management of the Pearl-Continental Hotel Karachi, in a statement released on Friday, said they were grateful for all the support they received from associates, local administration and well-wishers after the tragic incident at the Pearl-Continental Hotel Karachi on the last evening.

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“This is a difficult time for everyone affected by this accident and we are doing everything we can to provide support and assistance to those affected and their families,” the statement said.

Hotel management said the local administration and all relevant authorities have inspected and cleaned up the site. The hotel remains open and fully functional for its guests and visitors, the statement said.

Published in The Express Tribune, May 28e2022.

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