Shanghai building collapse

2 Jul

At around 5:30am on June 27, an unoccupied building still under construction at Lianhuanan Road in the Minxing district of Shanghai city toppled over.  One worker was killed.  According to information, a 70 meter section of the flood prevention wall in nearby Dianpu River collapsed and that may have something to do with this building collapse.

But the high-resolution photos are really amazing.  What  kind of construction would allow a building to just fall on its side with all the many windows still intact?

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Nine investigated over Shanghai building collapse.

SHANGHAI : Shanghai authorities have been investigating nine people after a nearly completed 13-storey apartment building toppled over almost intact, killing one worker, an official has said.

The building collapse Saturday highlighted the poor quality of Chinese construction standards just as Shanghai undergoes a massive building boom in preparation for next year’s World Expo.

Those under investigation include people working for the construction contractor and the developer, a district government spokeswoman told AFP.

The nine people were put “under control,” meaning they faced restrictions on their movements, but were not being held by police, she said.

Shanghai authorities ordered an urgent review of all construction projects in the city following the accident.

The fact that it occurred in one of China’s most advanced cities has triggered concerns about construction standards nationwide.

“Public anger can only increase in the wake of such shoddy construction projects being exposed for the risks they involve to potential owners and occupants, workers and passers-by,” the official China Daily wrote in an editorial Monday.

The Shanghai government had also taken control of a bank account belonging to the project’s developer, Shanghai Meidu Real Estate Company, the spokeswoman said.

The company had been operating illegally since its licence expired in 2004, the China Daily reported.

A 28-year-old migrant worker who entered the building to retrieve his tools was killed when the building fell early Saturday morning.

Shanghai’s Communist Party chief Yu Zhengsheng and Mayor Han Zheng vowed to punish severely anyone found to be responsible.

More than 400 angry people who had bought apartments in the project have demanded refunds, the Shanghai Daily reported.

Investigators should also probe whether the incident was a case of corruption involving officials and businessmen, the China Daily editorial said.

“It is no secret that the construction industry is one of the most corrupt,” it said.

Anger over alleged corruption boiled over after last year’s earthquake in southwestern China caused 7,000 schools to collapse. Relatives of dead children later accused officials of graft leading to shoddy construction.

– AFP /ls www.channelnewsasia.com

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