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South Korean building collapses on bus, killing 9

A five-storey building has suddenly collapsed onto a busy street in the South Korean city of Gwangju, killing nine people and injuring eight others.

The building collapsed on Wednesday evening as it was being demolished, some 270 kilometres south-west of the capital Seoul, officials at the Gwangju Fire and Safety Headquarters said.

The reason for the collapse was unclear, the fire station said.

Gwangju fire officials said the fire station had received the report of the collapse, which buried a bus that was near the construction site.

As of 8:25 PM local time, a total of seventeen people were affected by the accident, said fire station officials, including nine who were confirmed dead and eight who were seriously injured and taken to hospitals.

A recent Reuters report says South Korea has been known in the past for having a bad safety record in terms of infrastructure.

In 1995, a department store collapse, killing more than 500 people. A bridge collapse in 1994 caused the deaths of forty-nine people.

However, the country has in recent years tried to improve its safety record.

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