Death toll from Iran tower block collapse rises to 10
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Death toll from Iran tower block collapse rises to 10

The death toll from the collapse of a tower block in southwestern Iran rose to 10 on Tuesday, as the authorities announced the arrest of officials accused of being "responsible" for the tragedy.

State television had said Monday that the 10-storey unfinished Metropol building in Abadan, the capital of Khuzestan province, had partially collapsed.

"According to the latest figures, 10 people are dead and 32 injured," rising from Monday's death toll of six, Interior Minister Ahmad Vahidi told state television from the accident site.

In addition to those confirmed dead or injured, dozens more are feared still trapped under the rubble.

Search efforts continue in a bid to rescue any "survivors", Vahidi said.

The building is located on Abadan's busiest street where "commercial, medical and office" buildings predominate, according to state television.

The judiciary's Mizan Online website said that the building's owner, who was reported arrested on Monday, was among the dead.

The provincial judiciary said 10 people had been arrested, including the mayor and two former mayors, accused of being "responsible" for the collapse, the website said.

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