Firefighters try to rescue a student trapped by debris from
the collapsed building. REUTERS/Lee Sang-hyun/Yonhap
At least eight people died and dozens were trapped after
a building in the South Korean city of Gyeongju collapsed,
local media reported.
Rescue workers were attempting to free around 15 students
trapped in the rubble of a resort complex that was hosting an
introductory event for some 550 first-year students at the
Busan University of Foreign Studies, the Korea Herald
The remaining students attending the event, more than 70 of
whom suffered injuries as a result of the collapse, have
already been safely removed from the premises.
Local media reported that the roof of the building had
collapsed under the weight of a large amount of snow.
A witness said the building had taken less than 10 seconds to
"Many students were carried from the building with injuries,"
she told news broadcaster YTN. "It was very chaotic."
Local media reported that rescue teams had difficulties
making their way to the scene of the accident due to snow
blocking the roads.
South Korean Prime Minister Chung Hong-won has launched an
official inquiry into the accident.