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A party intended to welcome college freshmen to a South Korean University ended in chaos when a roof collapsed, killing at least 10 people and trapping several others.

About 80 people were sent to hospitals with minor injuries, The Associated Press reported, citing officials at the state-run National Emergency Management Agency.

Some 1,100 students from the Busan University of Foreign Studies were attending a student council-organized welcome event at the Mauna Ocean Resort in the southern city of Gyeongju, according to The Korea Herald newspaper.

The building caved in on them at around 9:16 p.m. local time after a heavy pile of snow built up on top of it, according to broadacaster KBS World.

Soldiers were involved in the rescue operation according to YTN TV news.

South Korean rescue workers surround the scene of a collapsed building at the Mauna Resort in South Korea, late Monday.YONHAP / AFP - Getty Images