Monday, 17 February 2014

Roof Collapse: Eight Killed And 10 'Trapped'

At least eight university students have been killed and about 10 are feared trapped after the roof of a building collapsed in South Korea.
It was apparently caused by heavy snowfall that had piled up on top of an auditorium at a resort in the southern city of Gyeongju.
About 450 students were thought to have been attending a welcoming ceremony in the building when the incident happened around 9pm local time.
A partially collapsed resort is seen in Gyeongju
The roof caved in apparently due to heavy snow
Fifteen of them were seriously hurt, while 58 others received minor injuries.
Other reports said a concert had been taking place and rescue workers were searching for dozens of people.
Many of those caught up in the collapse managed to get out by themselves.
A part of a collapsed resort is seen in Gyeongju
The structure had buckled under the pressure
One student told the YTN news channel: "The ceiling came crashing down at the front near the stage.
"Then pandemonium broke out and everyone started rushing towards the exits, shouting and screaming."
A university student is trapped by debris from the collapsed resort in Gyeongju, south of Seoul
One of those caught up in the incident
Pictures from the Yonhap news agency showed injured students being carried away on stretchers from the largely metallic structure that appeared to have buckled in on itself.
"Heavy equipment has been brought in to clear the debris," a fire official said.
An official said about 1,000 people from Busan University of Foreign Studies had been at the Mauna Ocean Resort for an orientation event.
Firefighters try to rescue a university student trapped by debris from the collapsed resort in Gyeongju
Rescue workers are at the scene
The resort was in an area that has experienced exceptionally heavy snowfall over the past week.

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