29 dead! Iran holds national day of mourning


Sadiq Khalilian, governor of southwestern Iran’s Khuzestan province, said on the 29th that 29 people were killed and 38 were missing in the collapse of a commercial building in the province’s Abadan city on the 23rd.

Khalilian told the media on the same day that the identities of three of the 29 people who died could not be confirmed. According to preliminary estimates and information provided by some families, the accident has left 38 people missing.

Rescue work is still ongoing, Khalilian said. Search and rescue operations have been carried out slowly and cautiously amid fears that the remainder of the building and adjacent buildings will collapse.

Iran held a national day of mourning on the 29th to mourn the victims of the accident.

Iranian authorities are investigating the accident and 10 suspects, including the mayor of Abadan, have been arrested.

The 10-story unfinished commercial building that collapsed is located on a street in downtown Abadan. The collapse affects adjacent buildings, and the number of casualties may increase.