BUSAN, South Korea — President Park Geun-hye expressed sadness and ordered a thorough investigation Tuesday after the roof of a gymnasium caved in under the weight of snow, killing 10 people and injuring more than 100 in southeastern South Korea the previous day.
‘Along with a thorough investigation into the accident, we should also carry out safety checks on public facilities in regions along the east coast that recently received heavy snowfalls to make sure they’re not posing any risks,’ she said.
The accident happened Monday evening when hundreds of incoming college freshmen were having a welcoming party in a hotel gymnasium in the southern city of Gyeongju. Ten people, including nine students, were confirmed dead, two were seriously injured and 101 others sustained minor injuries.
An official with the city of Busan announced it will help in efforts to clean up the accident that occurred at the Gyeongju Mauna Resort.
Busan has set up a situation room to monitor and support efforts, and sent the rescue team consisting of 40 people, search dogs and 12 equipment transport vehicles to the scene of the accident. Busan also plans to send support workers to Ulsan and Gyeongju to hospitals the dead and injured were evacuated to.
Source: Busan eFM News