South Korea resort roof collapses, 9 dead _lowres

Associated Press photo by Yonhap, Lee Sang-hyun -- A woman trapped in the rubble of a collapsed resort building waits to be rescued Monday in Gyeongju, South Korea. South Korean police and news reports say that dozens of university students are feared trapped after a building’s roof collapsed because of recent heavy snowfall.

SEOUL, South Korea — Four university students died and about 10 were feared trapped after the roof of a building collapsed in a South Korean city during a welcoming ceremony for freshmen, officials said Monday.

Twenty other students were rescued and taken to hospitals, according to an official at the state-run National Emergency Management Agency who spoke on condition of anonymity because he wasn’t authorized to speak to the media. Another official with the agency, also speaking anonymously, confirmed the four deaths. They didn’t provide further details on injuries or rescue operations.

The collapse came as about 1,000 students from Busan University of Foreign Studies gathered for a freshman orientation at a resort in the southeastern city of Gyeongju. About 450 of the students were in a building when the roof collapsed, the first official said.

South Korean media reported that heavy snowfall was believed to have resulted in the collapse, but the cause still hasn’t been officially announced.

Many of the students managed to get out of the building by themselves, the first official said.

Repeated calls to the university and the resort were unanswered.