Roof collapse kills 14 in Pak

14 people died in northwestern Pakistan when a concrete roof they were sitting on collapsed into a 15-foot deep sewer.

Last Updated: Nov 23, 2010, 13:33 PM IST

Mingora: Police say 14 people died in northwestern Pakistan when a concrete roof they were sitting on collapsed into a 15-foot deep sewer.

Local police official Aziz-ur-Rehman says the accident occurred Tuesday at a home in Buner district of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province where dozens of people had gathered for a funeral.
Rehman said all of the people who died were women, but other officials said it was a mix of women and children. He said 34 people were injured in the accident in Jhor village.

Many people in northwestern Pakistan lack a proper plumbing system and often divert human waste into a large hole that is located next to their home. They often cover the hole with a concrete roof.

Bureau Report

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