Haitians help victims of the College Promesse Evangelique school that collapsed in Petion-ville, Haiti.
***PORT-AU-PRINCE (Reuters) – A church school collapsed on the outskirts of Haiti's capital on Friday, killing at least 30 people and burying dozens under rubble, rescue workers said.
The three-story La Promesse school building collapsed while class was in session and some of the walls and debris crushed neighboring residences in the Nerettes community near Port-au-Prince.
"Thirty have already been killed and there are many others under the debris," said Philippine Army Maj. Donald Hongitan, who was among U.N. peacekeeping troops working with police to rescue survivors.
At the scene, crying and screaming parents searched desperately for their children while bodies of students lay crushed under blocks of concrete.
"It's like an earthquake," said Brazilian Maj. Gen. Carlos dos Santos Cruz, the commander for U.N. troops in Haiti.
(*) According to Radio-Canada/radio/News, November 7, 2008, at 8:00 PM.
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