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A kindergarten building has collapsed in northern China killing three children, state media says.

The children were taken to hospital but died of their injuries, according to the official Xinhua News Agency.

Three other children were injured in the incident, in Yongqing county, in Hebei province, Xinhua added.Hebei kindergarten collapse

Safety standards of school buildings have been a public concern in China since many collapsed during a devastating earthquake in 2008.

Thousands of school children were among the almost 90,000 dead, leading to a public outcry over shoddy construction and the lack of safety measures.

Five children were killed earlier in the week in eastern China, when the wall at the side of a basketball court suddenly collapsed, officials said.

At least 47 children aged four to six years old have been killed after their school bus was hit by a train near Manfalut, central Egypt, officials said.

The bus was carrying about 60 children from a nursery school when it was hit by a train near Manfalut, 350 km (230 miles) south of Cairo.

The Egyptian transport minister has resigned, state media report.


Reports from witnesses say the barriers of the crossing were opened when the bus approached.

“The deaths have now reached 47. There are 13 children injured,” Assiut state governor Yehya Keshk told state television.

Egyptian President Mohammed Mursi ordered his ministers to offer support to the families of those killed, the state news agency reported.

“They told us the barriers were open when the bus crossed the tracks and the train collided with it,” doctor Mohamed Samir told the Reuters news agency, citing witness accounts.

 

At least 47 children aged four to six years old have been killed after their school bus was hit by a train near Manfalut, central Egypt

At least 47 children aged four to six years old have been killed after their school bus was hit by a train near Manfalut, central Egypt

 

The head of the state railway authority has also resigned.

Distraught families are searching for the remains of their loved ones along the tracks, the Associated Press reports.

Egypt’s roads and railways have a poor safety record. An estimated 8,000 people die in car accidents each year in the country.