Roof collapse kills 9 members of family in northern Pakistan

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — The roof of a house made of mud and wood in northern Pakistan collapsed early Sunday, killing nine family members, including eight siblings, police said.

Police officer Imtiaz Khan said the incident in Chilas town of Gilgit Baltistan region claimed the lives of four daughters and four sons of a restaurant waiter and his wife. Khan said the father was at work when it happened.

Neighbors who heard the house coming down rushed to the house but efforts to save the family were unsuccessful. According to the police, the siblings who were killed were between the ages of 2 and 12.

Such incidents are not uncommon in Pakistan, where enforcement of safety standards is lacking and many people live in poorly constructed structures due to lack of financial resources.

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