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Death toll in Haitian school collapse rises to 92

2008-11-09 04:03:15 GMT2008-11-09 12:03:15 (Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

A church-operated school in Haiti called "The Evangelic Promise" collapse on Friday during the class time. At least 92 people have been killed and 150 others injured in the collapse of a church school in the suburbs of Haitian capital Port-au-Prince (Xinhua/AFP Photo)

Rescuers try to save the injured in a collapsed church-operated school in Haiti Friday. The school collapsed during the class time. (Xinhua/AFP Photo)

A boy is rescued from a school that collapsed on the outskirts of Port-au-Prince November 7, 2008. The death toll in the collapse of the ramshackle school in Haiti rose to at least 82 on Saturday when rescue workers uncovered a room with 21 dead, many of them children, officials said. Picture taken on November 7. [Agencies]

A girl waits to be rescued from a school that collapsed on the outskirts of Port-au-Prince November 7, 2008. The death toll in the collapse of the ramshackle school in Haiti rose to at least 82 on Saturday when rescue workers uncovered a room with 21 dead, many of them children, officials said. [Agencies]

MEXICO CITY, Nov. 8 (Xinhua) -- At least 92 people have been killed and 150 others injured in the collapse of a church school in the suburbs of Haitian capital Port-au-Prince, media reported Saturday.

Search for survivors in the remains of the College La Promesse is still underway, according to reports reaching here from Port-au-Prince.

Two girls and two boys aged from three to 13 years were rescued alive from under ruins of the three-storied building Saturday, bringing the number of survivors to 35.

Local authorities said more than 500 students aged between three and 20 were at school as the accident happened and the death toll would continue to rise.

The owner of the school, Fortin Augustine, has been arrested Saturday and Haitian president Rene Preval has blamed the tragedy to shabby construction and lack of government supervision.

Haitian Youth and Sports Minister Evens Lescouflair said a 40-member rescue team with sniff dogs have joined the U.N. peacekeeping force in searching for survivors.

Firefighters from France and helicopters from neighboring the Dominican Republic were working at the site Saturday.

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