What's left of Haitian school being torn down

PETIONVILLE, Haiti (AP) -- Crews have started knocking down what's left of a school in Haiti that collapsed on Friday.

At least 89 people, mostly children, were killed when the building crashed down. The death toll had been 94, but officials revised it downward after finding that some victims had been counted more than once.

The ruins of the school are being taken down to protect nearby homes. Officials say removal of the debris could reveal more bodies of people who were trapped.

Parts of the first floor and the basement are still standing. Officials say the hillside structure is so weak, it could still crumble and take out some homes.

More than 150 people were badly injured, and two houses behind the school were destroyed in the collapse.

Haitian authorities suspect poor construction caused the collapse. The school's owners has been detained on suspicion of involuntary manslaughter.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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