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Ten killed as hall collapses in South Korea

Gyeongju, South Korea - Ten people attending a welcoming party for new university students were killed when a building at a South Korean mountain resort collapsed late on Monday, emergency officials said, trapping dozens in snow and rubble for several hours.

A woman trapped in the rubble of a collapsed resort building waits to be rescued in Gyeongju, South Korea. File picture: Lee Sang-hyun. Credit: Associated Press

About 560 students had gathered in the auditorium of the golf resort in the mountains in the city of Gyeongju, 375km south-east of Seoul. Heavy snow had built up on the roof of the prefabricated building, causing it to collapse, fire department officials said.

Further investigations were under way, they said.

Nine university students were among the dead and 23 were injured. Emergency officials said all those trapped had been rescued several hours later and the injured were receiving medical treatment.

Many South Korean university students travel out of town for university orientation programmes, often staying in camps or resorts.

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