South Korea orders probe after students killed by roof collapse
Published on Feb 18, 2014 3:54 PM
SEOUL (AFP) - South Korean President Park Geun Hye on Tuesday called for a full investigation into the collapse of a student-packed auditorium near the southern city of Gyeongju that killed at least 10 people and injured more than 100.
More than 560 college students taking part 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 - at around 9.15pm local time.
The auditorium was part of a mountain resort complex near Gyeongju that had experienced unusually heavy snowfall in the preceding week.
"It is heart-rending that so many lives were sacrificed... a thorough investigation must be carried out," Ms Park told a cabinet meeting.
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