Irish students amongst dead in California collapse

californiaA number of Irish students have been killed after a balcony collapsed in Berkeley, California.

Five people are dead and at least 8 others are critically injured after the fourth floor balcony collapsed at an apartment building on Kittridge Street near the University of California shortly before 9am Irish time.

The Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan has described the incident as a "dreadful accident" and has activated his Department's Consular Crisis Centre to help the families of the victims.

An emergency response line has been opened - anyone with concerns about friends or family in the region, should call 01- 418 0200.

Holly Kwan is a reporter with KBCS Radio in Berkeley California - she is at the scene: