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Death toll in southwestern Iran tower collapse rises to 41


Dubai, United Arab Emirates — The death toll in a building collapse in southwestern Iran rose to at least 41 on Monday, state media reported, two weeks after the disaster.

Abadan city governor Ehsun Abbaspour gave the figure based on an official report, state television said.

The May 23 collapse at the Metropol Building some 660 kilometers (410 miles) southwest of the capital, Tehran, has rekindled painful memories of past national disasters and brought shoddy construction practices, the government corruption and negligence in Iran.

This follows weeks of sporadic protests that have rocked oil-rich but impoverished Khuzestan province over soaring prices after the government cut subsidies for several food staples. There were protests in Abadan over the collapse, which saw protesters from the police club and firing tear gas.

ABC News

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