Rescue workers continued Sunday to search through the rubble of a three-story school collapse in Haiti where the death toll has reached at least 88.

Officials said they were working to locate survivors before bringing in heavy equipment to move large slabs of concrete.

Officials fear the death toll will continue to rise because many students are still missing. Police and United Nations peacekeepers held back Haitians who gathered around the site to search for missing children.

The church-run La Promesse,or The Promise school in Petionville outside Port-au-Prince collapsed Friday into a heap of concrete slabs and steel rods, destroying nearby residences.

Authorities say the owner of the school has been arrested and was being questioned.

About 700 students were enrolled at the school. Officials do not know how many were inside the building at the time of collapse.

The school's top floor was under construction when the building caved in.

Teams from the United States and France have joined in the rescue effort.


Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.