MULTAN - At least five people are feared buried alive while two others killed when a newly constructed three-storey building suddenly caved in with a big bang here in Sabzi Mandi on Tuesday evening.

The Rescue 1122 personnel recovered an injured namely Arshad and two dead bodies of unknown persons. The rescue operation was underway till filing of this report to recover others buried under the debris.

“The digging for construction of a new building at plot No-40 was underway when this incident took place. Probably they dug out more soil as a result of which adjoining building on plot No-39 collapsed,” said Sheikh Safdar Ali, president of Anjuman-e-Tajiran Sabzi Mandi while talking to the journalists. The injured Arshad told the rescuers that at least five persons were working on first storey when the building collapsed. The building was three-storey and the number of people working on other floors is unknown.

The traders and labourers gathered at the spot, initially assuming that it was any terrorism incident.

They also launched rescue operation on self help basis while later on the charge of the site was taken over by Rescue 1122 workers. More injured and bodies are likely to be recovered.