Twenty killed in Haiti school collapse

Nov. 7, 2008 at 7:53 PM
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PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti, Nov. 7 (UPI) -- At least 50 were killed -- including children -- when a school collapsed Friday in an affluent neighborhood outside the Haitian capital, Haitian officials said.

An earlier count of 20 fatalities rose to 50 as rescue personnel worked into the night to search the rubble, Red Cross officials told CNN. Officials said as many as 700 people may have been in the school when it collapsed at 10 a.m. EST, CNN reported.

Those killed when the Promesse College Evangelique school collapsed included students, teachers and neighbors from the Petionville neighborhood, police said.

Poor construction was blamed for the building's collapse, The Miami Herald reported in its online edition.

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