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What caused Abadan's Metropole building to collapse? Press TV investigates

Yusef Jalali
Press TV, Abadan

Efforts are underway to rescue people trapped under the debris after a commercial building in Iran's southwestern city of Abadan partly collapsed on Monday.

The 10-storey building is located in a busy area in downtown Abadan.
It crumbled on the surrounding shops and cars. Rescue workers estimate that 50 people are under the rubble.

The Metropole building was an unfinished twin tower. One of the twins of the building crumbled and local authorities warn that the adjacent twin could also fall any moment.

The cause of the collapse is still under investigation, but experts say faulty design and construction is the major cause of the incident.

A sandstorm was blowing before the building went down.

Teams and equipment from other cities, including Tehran, are scheduled to be sent to the site to assist with the rescue operation. However, local authorities say adverse dusty weather has hampered the dispatch of choppers and teams.

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