BUSAN, South Korea — Prime Minister Chung Hong-won ordered officials Thursday to sternly punish those responsible for the deadly collapse of a student-packed gymnasium and to devise fundamental safety measures, his office said.
On Monday, 10 people were killed and 105 others injured, as the roof of the gymnasium at a mountainside resort in Gyeongju, a tourist city 370 kilometers southeast of Seoul, caved in. Some 560 incoming freshmen from the Busan University of Foreign Studies were gathered inside the building for a welcoming party.
Ministries concerned should ‘conduct thorough and comprehensive investigations into what caused the incident and sternly punish those responsible for it,’ Chung said while presiding over an emergency meeting to discuss follow-up measures.
He also instructed the land ministry to carry out an extensive safety check into structures built with the same kind of prefabricated sandwich panels as the collapsing gymnasium not only in regions hit by heavy snow but across the nation, according to the Prime Minister’s Secretariat.
Source: Busan eFM News