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In pictures: Haiti school collapse

Rescuers dig through rubble looking for survivors

Officials in Haiti say dozens of people, the majority of them children, died in the collapse of a school on Friday in the capital, Port-au-Prince.

Rescuer uses a torch to cut through metal

Rescuers worked through Friday night under floodlights to find survivors in the remains of the three-storey La Promesse College in the suburb of Petionville.

Rescuers look for survivors of Haiti school collapse

Haitian Prime Minister Michelle Pierre-Louis told the BBC she believed about 700 people had been inside the concrete building when the roof caved in.

A woman climbs out of rubble of collapsed school

About 400-500 people have so far been rescued. More than 100 were injured, many seriously.

A boy is pulled from the rubble

Ms Pierre-Louis said that when she visited the site, she had heard trapped children banging and crying for help.

Rescue workers among the remains of the school

Some survivors are believed to be still buried under the rubble.

Rescue workers request help

People have been digging with their hands in a desperate attempt to free people while heavy machinery has been rushed to the scene.

Rescue workers carry survivor of school collapse in Petionville, Haiti

Engineers from the UN mission in Haiti, Minustah, and members of the Haitian Red Cross are also at the scene, helping the local teams.

Crowds of people try to see how the rescue effort is going

UN peacekeepers and local police have meanwhile been deployed to hold back the crowds of onlookers and the desperate relatives of those missing.

Exhausted rescue workers take a break

The authorities have blamed poor construction methods for the collapse of the building.



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