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Mauna Ocean Resort auditorium collapse

Updated: 2014-02-18 04:12:15 (KST)
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Moving onto the latest on the accident in Gyeongju,
what are the casualties, and whats the current situation in Gyeongju?

The roof of a resort auditorium collapsed during a welcoming ceremony for freshmen of Busan University of Foreign Studies Monday night, killing at least 11 students and seriously injuring 17 others.
About 80 people were sent to hospitals with minor injuries, according to the official at the state-run National Emergency Management Agency.
Around 5-hundred 60 students from the university had been scheduled to attend a two-day freshmen orientation at the Manua Ocean Resort in the southeastern city of Gyeongju.
It was during the recreation* when the roof of the auditorium started to pot out.
The recent heavy snow and icy roads blocked the rescue operations after the collapse, delaying the arrival of the emergency staff to the site.
Even as we are speaking, the rescue team is still working to pry trapped students from beneath the twisted metals, while the injured are being treated at the local hospital.

What was the cause of the collapse, and what is expected to be done from now?

The cause of the collapse is still being investigated.
Officials say, however, the heavy snowfall in the region is believed to be the root of the collapse, but the cause is still being investigated.
Also it has been said that the structure of the auditorium was frail, as it was an assembled building.*
After the rescue of the remaining students trapped in the building remains, the Gyeongju police will launch an investigation regarding how the resort managed the facilities, and the cause.

Thank you, Se-min.
That was our Shin Se-min with the latest on the auditorium collapse in Gyeongju.


Reporter : ashin@arirang.co.kr

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