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South Korea orders probe after students killed by roof collapse

Published on Feb 18, 2014 3:54 PM
 
A South Korean resident lies beneath debris at the scene of a collapsed building at the Mauna Resort in Gyeongju, in South Korea's south-eastern Gyeongsang Province, on Feb 17, 2014. 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. -- PHOTO: AFP PHOTO / YONHAP

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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