3 children among 5 dead in Khairpur roof collapse

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Five people, including three children, were killed when roof of their house caved-in in suburban village of Khairpur, Sindh due to incessant rains on Saturday.

Four persons who were seriously wounded in the incident that took place in Khadim Hussain Katohar village were shifted to hospital.

Those killed were identified as Khairan Khatoon, Ayesha Khatoon, Babar Ali, six-year-old Heera, five-year–old Asad Ali, and four-year-old Mustafa. Rescue personnel said that heavy rains were hampering the relief efforts, while more deaths were feared.

On the other hand, former Sindh chief minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah visited the rain-affected areas of Khairpur city without any protocol and expressed his displeasure over the poor drainage system.

“If you knew it was going to rain then why you did not put in place proper drainage system,” he said to the concerned officials.

He also ordered them to operate pumping stations 24/7 in order to drain out rainwater. “We will not leave people at the mercy of rains, and those who have suffered losses will be compensated,” he vowed.

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