Five children dead after madrassa well collapses

Updated February 03, 2015

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DawnNews screengrab showing rescue operations underway after a well collapsed in a Peshawar madrassa.
DawnNews screengrab showing rescue operations underway after a well collapsed in a Peshawar madrassa.

PESHAWAR: At least five children have died after falling in a well located inside a madrassa in Peshawar on Tuesday.

According to reports, between 25 to 30 students were on the roof of the well which had been converted into a gutter.

Rescue and police officials say that the wall of the gutter inside the madrassa was in a dilapidated condition and it fell down when children were standing over it.

As a result of the collapse five children died while eight others were injured. All the students of the madrassa are girls.

The injured and the dead were shifted to the Hayatabad Medical Complex.

SP Cantt Faisal Shehzad confirmed the death toll. The dead and injured girls are between the ages 10 and 16.

Soon afterwards people rushed to the scene to help rescue the children who fell inside. Rescue 112 had also reached the site of the accident.

The madrassa is located in the Pashta Khara area of Peshawar and is situated inside a house where the girls were being educated.