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Building collapses in Poland: 5 killed, 4 injured, 1 missing

Associated Press April 8, 2017" data-reactid="12" />Rescuers and firefighters search for 11 missing people in the rubble of an apartment house that collapsed in Swiebodzice, Poland, on Saturday, April 8, 2017. Firefighters suspect the collapse might have been caused by a gas explosion. Several people were killed and injured. (AP Photo)

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A pre-World War II apartment house collapsed Saturday in southwestern Poland, leaving five people dead, four injured and one missing, authorities said.

Scores of firefighters with dogs were searching the rubble of the building in the town of Swiebodzice (Shvyeh-'boh-tchi-tseh), according to Daniel Mucha, regional spokesman for the firefighters. He said the collapse of two floors of the three-floor building might have been caused by a gas explosion.

Regional governor Pawel Hreniak said the search-and-rescue operation was expected to continue through Sunday.

He confirmed five fatalities, including two school-age children.

Still, firefighters looking for one more missing person said there were no sounds yet coming from the building's bricks and broken wood.

Prime Minister Beata Szydlo was heading to the site, 420 kilometers (250 miles) southwest of Warsaw, to be with the victims and the rescue workers.

The governor of Swiebodzice, Bogdan Kozuchowicz, said the pre-World War II building was recently renovated and had been in good technical condition.

The injured were taken to hospitals in Swiebodzice and in Wroclaw. One survivor, identified only by her first name Stanislawa, told TVN24 that she was "miraculously saved."

"I was in the kitchen and suddenly it was dark and full of debris and some broken wooden planks," she said from her hospital bed in Swiebodzice. "I got on top of those planks and started calling 'Help! Help!' Two firefighters came and pulled me out by the arm."

She said her husband was resting on the bed at the time of the collapse.

"I don't know what has happened to him," she said, her voice trembling.

With her teenage son, also a survivor, at her side, she said the family had lost everything.

Tunnel collapse knocks Nepal’s 100-kW Budum Rivulet Micro Hydropower offline


The canal that supplies water to the 100-kW Budum Rivulet Micro Hydropower project in Nepal has collapsed, news agencies are reporting.

The project, at Gudel of Mahakulung rural municipality in the Solukhumbu district, began operating in 2015.

It is reported that a 30-meter-long section of the canal collapsed and will take a minimum of one month to repair. More than 750 households have lost electricity as a result of the collapse.


We have described a time preceding the last weeks when emergency management teams would be exhausted, turning a deaf ear in countries like the US and Britain to cries of "terrorism" and a need to install martial law. What could cause such a state, worldwide? Earthquakes have increased in frequency and strength, and accidents in the stretch zones are increasing because the plates have loosened up and are moving a greater distance during each adjustment. The recent breaks in Internet cables around the Arabian Plate are a case in point. Where earthquakes of lower magnitude are registered and often felt, when they increase in size to a magnitude 6 or 7 or greater, infrastructure is destroyed.

What will it be like when earthquakes are happening to most cities around the world, simultaneously? Stretch zones will experience even more destruction, as the infrastructure will be pulled apart. Gas mains will explode into holocausts. Travel will become impossible when roadways are torn apart or heaved up. And the increasingly volatile atmosphere, jerked about by the wobble, will make air travel treacherous. Where faltering on occasion now, satellites will falter increasingly, making communications difficult. All this leads to panic, so that distracted workers cause malfunctions in services. This can be expected before the last weeks arrive.

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Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on February 23, 2018 at 2:40am

New Jersey Man Dies When Beam Falls in Pennsylvania Tunnel

A New Jersey man has died after an electrical beam collapsed and crashed through the windshield of his truck inside a Pennsylvania tunnel.

Feb. 22, 2018, at 9:09 a.m.

ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A New Jersey man has died after an electrical beam collapsed and crashed through the windshield of his truck inside a Pennsylvania turnpike tunnel.

The Lehigh County coroner says the metal conduit hit 70-year-old Howard Sexton of East Greenwich Township, New Jersey. He was pronounced dead at the scene in the Lehigh Tunnel, and an autopsy will be performed Friday.

Traffic is moving in both directions in the northbound lanes of the Pennsylvania Turnpike's Northeast Extension. The southbound lanes remain closed Thursday after the conduit fell inside the tunnel around 6 p.m. Wednesday.

Officials are trying to determine what caused the beam to collapse.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on February 19, 2018 at 5:20pm

Updated: Feb 19, 2018 5:49 AM EST

Pavement Collapse Shuts Down Section Of Road

PIKE COUNTY, Ky. (LEX 18)-- A section of a Kentucky road is closed to all traffic after a pavement collapse.

It happened Saturday night on KY 1499 just past the turn off into Feds Creek.

Officials with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet have placed flaggers on both sides of the area to prevent anyone from trying to drive through. They say maintenance workers will be on duty 24/7 indefinitely.

"There is no "quick fix" for this situation. Engineers and maintenance specialists are assessing the extent of the damage and will develop a plan for permanent repairs. This cannot be fixed out of our routine maintenance budget. We will need to request emergency funding and may have to put the project out for bids if it is beyond the scope of the equipment that we have. Keep in mind, also, that the asphalt plants are closed until the first of April, so any repairs between now and then would not have final pavement. Right now we don't know whether it can be fixed that quickly."

Officials with KYTC say to prepare to add 30-45 minutes to your commute via the detour.

They added that they will work as quickly as they can, but their goal is a permanent fix that is safe for the traveling public, not a quick fix that may not be thoroughly safe and would have to be done over.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on February 16, 2018 at 7:03pm

Sri Lanka building collapse kills at least seven people

Firefighters and police are searching for people who might be trapped under the rubble, but police were unable to say how many people might still be trapped.

The building, which collapsed in Colombo’s Grandpass district, had been used as a storehouse for spices.
The building, which collapsed in Colombo’s Grandpass district, had been used as a storehouse for spices.  (Eranga Jayawardena / The Associated Press)

Sri Lanka building collapse kills at least seven people by Norman Carr | February 16, 2018 | 09:07 10ThousandCouple
Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on February 16, 2018 at 6:42pm

Fatal collapse of metro heading in Foshan 15 Feb 2018

An inrush of water and mud through the tailseal of an EPB TBM working on the Foshan Metro Line 2 is said to have caused the devastating collapse of the heading, claiming the lives of 10 and with another still missing. Unofficial reports to TunnelTalk from contacts in China confirmed that it was inrush through the tailshield, rather than over excavation at the cutterhead, that undermined the segmental lining and led to the massive collapse, burying the TBM and its crew as a consequence.

First surface signs (left) of impending devastating collapse
First surface signs (left) of impending devastating collapse

The failure occurred at 8.40pm on the night of February 7 as the TBM was excavating the 6m diameter metro tunnel beneath the main traffic thoroughfare of Foshan city near Guangzhou in southeast China. The completed parallel running tunnel some 7m distant is unaffected by the 200m2 (30m wide x 6m deep) sinkhole over a second TBM drive. Contacts suggest that the same TBM may have excavated both running tunnels.

Working shaft of the ill-fated metro heading
Working shaft of the ill-fated metro heading

Nine workers in the crew were reported as surviving the incident. It is unknown if the dead and missing were all construction workers. Traffic blocks were implemented immediately to allow for rescue and recovery efforts. A reported 30,000m3 of concrete has backfilled the sinkhole and allowed traffic on the eight-lane highway to resume.

According to local newspaper and TV reports, authorities also shut off water, gas and electricity supplies near the collapse zone and report that Deputy Governor of Guangdong Province, Lin Shaochun, was among the first high officials to be at the scene.

One of the surviving workers told TV reports that he and his workmates had known something was wrong when they saw wet clay running in the tunnel. Seconds later, and after hearing a loud noise, the workers realized there was “big trouble” and started to shout warnings to run. Once on the surface, he said, it was realized that only workers near the working shaft had managed to escape. Among the missing, he said, was an assistant project manager.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on February 16, 2018 at 7:45am

Bengaluru: Under-construction building collapses in Kasavanahalli, 3 killed

State fire services personnel estimate at least 10 others to be still caught under the debris

IANS  |  Bengaluru  Last Updated at February 16, 2018 08:11 IST

Three were killed and at least 10 others were feared trapped under the debris after a four-storeyed under-construction building collapsed here on Thursday, officials said.

"Three men were killed and 11 others injured after the building in Kasavanahalli (suburb)crashed down at around 4 p.m. ," Home Minister Ramalinga Reddy told media here.

"The number of those still trapped under the debris is unclear. The Disaster Response Force (NDRF) personnel will continue to carry out rescue operations," he said.

State fire services personnel estimate at least 10 others to be still caught under the debris.

Out of the 11 injured, four suffered minor injuries, while seven were hospitalised.

"The building seems to have been constructed using poor quality material due to which we suspect the crash occurred. Police is on the lookout for the building owner, Rafiq," the Minister said.

The building was at least six years old and was under renovation, Deputy Commissioner of Police, Whitefield division, Abdul Ahad told the media here.

The exact reason for the collapse and the details of the workers are yet to be ascertained, he said.

Bengaluru Development Minister K.

J. George, Karnataka Director General of Fire and Emergency Services M. N. Reddi and senior police and civic body officials inspected the premises of the collapsed building.

"The government will give Rs 5 lakh compensation to each of the families of the deceased," George said.

In October last year, five men and two women were killed as a building collapsed in the city's southern suburb of Ejipura after a cooking gas cylinder exploded.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on February 13, 2018 at 10:35pm

Terraced townhouse collapses on wealthy London street

Cave-in leaves two storey home reduced to rubble in area lined with £1.5 million properties

  • Tuesday 13 February 2018 10:09 GMT

A terraced house collapsed leaving a gaping hole in a street where homes fetch over £1.5 million.

The two storey property in West Hampstead suffered a total collapse with floors and the frontage reduced to rubble but the roof left intact but hanging precariously without any support.

Residents living next to the boarded up property were evacuated as firefighters tried to make the property safe.

“One fire engine and one fire rescue unit and 10 firefighters have been called to house collapse on Sumatra Road in Hampstead.

“There has been a total collapse of the two storey property from the roof to basement level.

“Ten people were evacuated from neighbouring properties. There are no reported injuries.

“Firefighters are making the scene safe and are working with the local authority's structural engineer.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on February 9, 2018 at 5:52am

8 killed, 3 missing after China road collapse

Agence France-Presse / 03:41 PM February 08, 2018

In this image taken from video footage run by China’s CCTV via AP Video, officials work at the site of a road collapse in Foshan, southern China’s Guangdong Province, Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018. Chinese authorities say a cave-in at a subway line construction site has killed people and left others missing. AP

Eight people died while three others were missing in southern China after a water leak inside a subway station construction site caused a major road to cave in, authorities said on Thursday.

The sudden leak flooded the underground site and led to the multi-lane road’s collapse in downtown Foshan, Guangdong province on Wednesday night, the city government said in a statement.

“A total of nine construction workers were rescued, and … rescue and rehabilitation work is still underway,” the statement said

At least eight persons were killed and three went missing in a road collapse in China's Guangdong Province, officials said today. According to the transport authorities, the accident took place at around 8:40 pm on Wednesday at a road section, which was a subway construction site. Thirty meters of the street caved in after workers were unable to contain water leakage in the unfinished tunnel, the city's publicity department said in a statement Thursday. The collapsed area is as large as two basketball courts with a depth of six to seven metres (20 to 23 feet), the state-run China Daily reported. Pictures of the scene showed a huge swathe of mud and broken concrete in the middle of the two-way thoroughfare in the city's Changcheng district. Foshan, located around 33 kilometers from Guangzhou, opened its first subway line in 2010, and is in the process of adding new lines to its existing 34.4 kilometers of track. Workplace accidents are relatively common in China, which faces problems with poor oversight and enforcement of health and safety standards. Newburgh Gazette
8 died, 3 missing in south China road collapse Dwayne Harmon 08 February 2018, 10:31 Newburgh Gazette
Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on February 6, 2018 at 11:55pm

Roadway overpass collapses in Brazilian capital

BRASILIA (Reuters) - A section of a busy roadway overpass collapsed on Tuesday in the center of Brazil’s capital, plunging slabs of concrete on top of parked cars and an outdoor restaurant, images on GloboNews television showed.

Firemen were on the scene in Brasilia but there were no immediate reports of people being killed, wounded or trapped.

“The fire brigade’s initial information is that there are no casualties,” Rodrigo Rollemberg, governor of the Federal District where Brasilia is located, told reporters.

The overpass is part of the main freeway that cuts through the center of the modernistic Brazilian capital, which was built in the late 1950s and inaugurated in 1960.

The planned city, which is a UNESCO world heritage site, is beginning to show its age. On Sunday, a section of an apartment building collapse on a garage, destroying two dozen cars, but no one was hurt.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on February 2, 2018 at 6:24am

17 killed in gold mine collapse in northeastern Sudan

Source: Xinhua| 2018-02-02 04:21:10

KHARTOUM, Feb. 1 (Xinhua) -- At least 17 people have been killed after a gold mine collapsed in northeastern Sudan, Sudan Tribune reported Thursday.

Two others were injured in the accident in the mine, that is located on the Atbara-Haya road, some 580 km northeast of the Sudanese capital Khartoum, the report said.

The mine completely collapsed on Tuesday with dozens of people buried inside, the majority of who were from Sudan's Darfur, relatives of some of the victims were quoted as saying.

Sudan's Minerals Ministry has said there are over 2 million Sudanese employees working in the traditional mining industry, producing around 80 percent of the country's gold.

Currently, Sudan ranks the third, after Ghana and South Africa, in gold production in Africa, but observers expect it to climb to the top this year.

Sudan depends on the revenues of gold mining to compensate the loss of two thirds of its oil production following the separation of South Sudan in 2011.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on February 2, 2018 at 5:18am

3:10 pm today

Bridge collapses, 50m piece travels downstream

Wild weather in the south has caused a bridge in Southland to collapse.

A 50m section of the Pyramid Bridge has broken off.

A Gore District Council spokesperson says a 50m section of the Pyramid Bridge has broken away and is travelling downstream on the Mataura River.

Road closure signs are in place and the spokesperson said people are being urged to stay away from the river and any structures in the path of the debris.

There had been a build-up of debris at the bridge today, due to the high water flow following yesterday's heavy rainfall.

A 50m section of the Pyramid Bridge has broken off.

A 50m section of the Pyramid Bridge has broken off. Photo: Supplied / Gore District Council

In Haast, 600 tourists remained trapped due to road damage and slips.

The area was lashed by wild weather yesterday, blocking roads, bringing down power lines and causing damage along the entire coast.

The area is still in a state of emergency. Continues...............

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