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Saturday 29 April 2017

Six killed as roof of house collapses at Afghan refugee camp

There are an estimated 1.5 million Afghan refugees still living in Pakistan
There are an estimated 1.5 million Afghan refugees still living in Pakistan

The roof of a shoddily constructed house in a refugee camp in Afghanistan collapsed as a family was sleeping inside, killing six family members, including two women and two children, an official said.

Four other members of the family were injured in the incident, which took place early on Monday morning, said Attaullah Khogiyani, spokesman for the Nangarhar provincial governor.

The family was among tens of thousands of refugees who have returned from neighbouring Pakistan in recent years.

There are an estimated 1.5 million Afghan refugees still living in Pakistan.

Afghanistan is struggling to cope with the influx, which has led to the establishment of temporary and often hastily built camps to house the returnees such as the one in eastern Nangarhar province.

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