Photo taken on June 9, 2021 shows the site of a building collapse accident in the southwestern city of Gwangju, South Korea. At least nine people have been confirmed dead and eight others injured in a building collapse accident in southwest South Korea, Yonhap news agency reported on Wednesday. (NEWSIS/Handout via Xinhua)
Photo taken on June 9, 2021 shows the site of a building collapse accident in the southwestern city of Gwangju, South Korea. At least nine people have been confirmed dead and eight others injured in a building collapse accident in southwest South Korea, Yonhap news agency reported on Wednesday. (NEWSIS/Handout via Xinhua)

At least nine people died and another eight got injured when a building collapsed during demolition in the southwest of South Korea on Wednesday, the Chosun Biz newspaper reported, citing local authorities.

According to the report, the fire department of the Gwangju city on 4:22 p.m. local time (07:22 GMT) received information that a 5-storey building collapsed on a bus that had stopped in the vicinity of the demolition site.

Approximately 140 people are involved in the search and rescue operation as firemen continue looking for construction workers and pedestrians who could be buried under the rubble.

The South Korean Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport set up an emergency headquarters, headed by Noh Hyeong Ouk, to deal with the aftermath of the incident and prevent such situations in the future. The cause of a sudden collapse has not yet been determined.

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