Two South Koreans have died and several others, including athletes attending world aquatic championships, have been injured after a structure collapsed in a nightclub in the city of Gwangju early on Saturday, a fire department official has said.

The two died when a two-level structure in the club collapsed at about 2am local time, hitting and pinning revellers, the official said.

Yonhap news agency reported that nine athletes competing in the 2019 FINA aquatic World Championships were injured, though none of them seriously.

They included four from the United States, two from New Zealand, and one each from the Netherlands, Italy and Brazil, Yonhap said, citing city and fire department officials.

Their injuries ranged from bruising to lacerations on their hands or feet, the agency said.

The fire department official confirmed some of the athletes had been hurt but said it was too soon to comment on how many, or how many people were injured in total.

A spokesman for Gwangju city could not be immediately reached.

This is a developing story, please check back for updates.


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