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Students die in South Korea collapse

Tuesday, February 18, 2014 - 01:10

Feb. 18 - At least 10 killed during a welcoming party for new students at Busan University in Gyeongju. Paul Chapman reports.

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It should have been the start of a new chapter in the lives of the students at a South Korean university welcome meeting on Monday night. Instead the families of at least ten are in mourning after the building collapsed on them. About 560 people were inside the auditorium at the time at a mountain golf resort in Gyeongju. Some were trapped beneath the rubble but officials say all have now been rescued. Grieving relatives are struggling to come to terms with their loss. (SOUNDBITE) (Korean) 50-YEAR-OLD FATHER OF VICTIM KIM PAN-SU SAYING: "I cannot believe that my daughter has died. I don't want to believe it. I made a phone call (to my daughter) just a minute ago, but she was not answering." Survivors say everything happened very quickly. (SOUNDBITE) (Korean) UNIDENTIFIED BUSAN UNIVERSITY STUDENT SAYING: "There was only one door at the back. Everyone ran toward the door but the speed of the collapse was way too fast. We were buried." An investigation is underway but it's believed the weight of snow on the roof of the auditorium at the mountain golf resort may be to blame.

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Students die in South Korea collapse

Tuesday, February 18, 2014 - 01:10