|Crumbling roof kills 10 in South Korea
At least 10 people were killed and more than 100 injured when an auditorium packed with students collapsed at a resort near the southern South Korean city of Gyeongju, officials said.
More than 560 college students participating in a freshman orientation were believed to have been attending a concert in the building when the roof caved in on Monday – apparently under the weight of heavy snow – around 9:15 pm local time, AFP reports.
“Ten people are confirmed dead, two were seriously injured and 101 others suffered bruises and cuts,’’ a spokesman from the Ministry of Security and Public Adminstration said.
Nine of the dead was college students.
More than 1,400 rescuers and workers, backed by heavy equipment, worked throughout the night to reach the victims.
Fire officials said the collapse appeared to have been caused by the weight of the snow on the roof.
“The ceiling came crashing down at the front near the stage,'' one student told the YTN news channel.
“Then pandemonium broke out and everyone started rushing towards the exits, shouting and screaming,'' he added.
The ground around the building was covered with a thick blanket of snow, which continued to fall throughout the night, hampering the rescue efforts.
The auditorium was part of the Mauna Ocean Resort, which had been hosting the freshman orientation event for close to 1,000 students from a foreign language college in the southern city of Busan.