At the very least 4 folks had been killed after a landslide demolished a Shia shrine within the central Iraqi province of Karbala, the Iraqi Ministry of Well being mentioned on Sunday.
Rescuers drove a bulldozer by means of the Qattarat al-Imam Ali shrine’s entrance, which resembles half a dome ornately adorned with blue tiles coated in Arabic script.
The sacred constructing, flanked by two minarets, sits on the base of excessive, naked rock partitions. A part of its concrete roof had been torn aside.
Rescue staff pulled out six survivors from the rubble after the landslide, which occurred on Saturday, the assertion mentioned. The search and rescue operation was persevering with in case extra folks remained buried underneath the rubble, it added.
The Qattarat al-Imam Ali shrine is situated in Iraq’s western desert, about 28km (17 miles) from the centre of the town of Karbala, one of many holiest Shia websites.