The hostel is located opposite the Government Sadiq College for Women University. It is learnt that with the continuous leakage of a water tank, the condition of the roof had become dilapidated.
Eyewitnesses said the roof collapsed when the water-filled tank burst. Four girls living in the room buried under the debris and according to District Emergency Officer Baqir Hussain, the rescuers pulled them out from the debris.
They were rushed to the Bahawal Victoria Hospital (BVH) where two of them identified as Faiza Akhlaq, 19, and Saleh Munawwar, 21, were pronounced dead on arrival. Seriously injured Aisha Nawaz,19, and Majida Iqbal, 22, are under treatment.
The girls belonged to village 172-Murad in Chishtian tehsil of Bahawalnagar district.
The district emergency officer told Dawn the five-marla hostel building owned by Abdul Sattar had two portions.
On receipt of information of the incident, District Police Officer (DPO) Syed Muhammad Abbas rushed to the scene and ordered the Civil Lines station house officer to register a case against the building owner.
Meanwhile, caretaker Chief Minister Mohsin Naqvi has expressed his deep sense of sorrow and grief over the death of the girl students.
He also ordered the Bahawalpur commissioner to submit an inquiry report. He also directed to provide the best treatment facilities to the injured students.
Sunday, April 30, 2023