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The fatal recent collapse of part of a school in Russia's
The fatal recent collapse of part of a school in Russia's Urals was caused by irregularities in construction and maintenance work, regional authorities said on Tuesday.

Five children were killed on October 1 in the town of Belyayevka in the Orenburg Region when a supporting wall failed, causing a three-story section of the school to collapse.

Four other people, including three pupils, were injured, and a school teacher - the dead girls' form mistress - committed suicide shortly after the tragedy.

"At a conference with government members, the governor specified a number of reasons for the tragedy," the statement says. "According to preliminary information, irregularities in construction and improper maintenance led to the degradation of the [supporting] structures."

The school's administration had also violated a ban on construction work during term time.

"This is confirmed by the fact that the school signed a contract for renovation work on August 29, two days before the start of the academic year," the statement quotes the region's governor, Alexei Chernyshev, as saying.

Chernyshev also criticized education officials over their lack of control of renovation work in the region's schools.

Meanwhile, investigators have completed work at the school.

"All the initial investigative work has been completed...the necessary samples of bricks, sand and other construction materials have been taken," a source in the local administration said.

Although local officials earlier said the school would be demolished, a final decision has not been taken yet.


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