PESHAWAR - At least five girl children drowned and eight others were seriously injured when the rooftop of a drain on which they were sitting collapsed inside a seminary house in Peshtakhara area on Tuesday.

Police said around 13 girl students were busy in their studies inside the house of Imran son of Dildar while sitting on its rooftop. All of a sudden, the rooftop of the drain caved in, as a result of which five girls drowned and eight others were injured in the drain water.

The drain which was in a ramshackle condition had been constructed around 15 years ago inside the house. All of a sudden, it caved in when students were studying on its rooftop.

After receiving the information, Rescue 1122 personnel rushed to the scene and started the operation. The injured students were shifted to Lady Reading Hospital, Peshawar.

The deceased were daughters of Badam Sher, Wali Shah, Mosam Khan, Alam Khan and Major Khan.

Rescue 1122 staff was busy carrying out the operation in view of likelihood of presence of any other student in the affected house.