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Second school collapses in Haiti

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Second school collapses in Haiti


At least nine people have been taken to hospital after a two-storey school partially collapsed in Haiti.

It comes five days after another school building pancaked, killing 95 people, the majority children.

Memories of that tragedy are still fresh, and hundreds of panicked parents rushed to the Grace Divine school in the capital, Port au Prince.

Speaking at the scene, Haiti’s Health Secretary Gabriel Thimote told reporters it was time the government investigated how buildings were being constructed.

Officials say most of the children were on a break from classes and so were outside when part of the building collapsed.

The authorities blamed the collapse of La Promesse school last Friday on shoddy construction. They said the building had little steel or cement holding its concrete blocks together.

A day of mourning has been declared for the victims, with their families each being given 2,400 euros for funeral expenses.

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