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Death toll in Afghanistan floor collapse rises to 65

From Pierre Bairin, CNN
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • NEW: Among the deceased may be the groom, official says
  • NEW: The death toll is preliminary
  • People were in the house for a wedding party
  • The floor collapsed due to the weight of the crowd, an official said

Kabul, Afghanistan (CNN) -- The number of people who died when the second floor of a house collapsed in northern Afghanistan has risen to 65, an official said Thursday.

The house in Baghlan province was hosting a wedding party, and the floor collapsed because of the weight of the crowd, said the province's governor, Munshi Abdul Majid.

The deceased comprised of 52 women, 12 children and a man who possibly was the groom, said Mahmood Haqmal, the governor's spokesman.

In addition, 40 women were injured, he said.

Haqmal added that the toll is based on preliminary information and that the governor has sent officials to investigate.

CNN's Matiullah Mati contributed to this report.