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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 Wednesday

12:00 AM, November 13, 2018 / LAST MODIFIED: 07:37 AM, November 13, 2018

Bridge collapses in Mirzapur

Thousands of people are suffering as a bridge at Fotepur in Mirzapur upazila collapsed on Wednesday, disrupting communication in quite a few villages.

The 50-foot-long bridge, constructed on Fotepur canal about 25 years ago, collapsed as the earth under the pillars was washed away during the last rainy season, locals said.

As a result, road communication between Fotepur, Pardighi, Sutanori and Thalpara villages under Fotepur union, and Basail, Kanchanpur, Moteshwar and Joutukipara villages of adjacent Basail upazila, was disrupted, they said.  

Road communication between Tangail and Dhaka via Fotepur Bazar has been cut-off due to collapse of the bridge.

Students from Fotepur Uttar Para and Purbo Para, Sutanori and Pardighi villages, who used the bridge to go to Hat Fotepur High School, are also facing problem, locals said.

The bridge is very important for the movement of local people and they have been facing problems since its collapse, said Ibrahim Miah of Fotepur village.

The authorities should repair the bridge as soon as possible considering the woes of the local people, especially the students, he added. 

Fotepur Union Parishad Chairman Md Abdur Rouf said he visited the spot and informed the Local Government and Engineering Department (LGED) in Mirzapur about the situation.

Mirzapur LGED Sub-Assistant Engineer Rafiqul Islam said they have sent a proposal to the higher authorities to construct another bridge in place of the collapsed one.

"Construction work of the bridge will start after approval of the project," he added.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on Sunday

Bridge near Arthur's Pass collapses, person missing in Greymouth river as torrential rain continues

Nov 8 2018

A bridge near Arthur's Pass has been washed away as torrential rain causes rivers and creeks to overflow on the South Island's West Coast.

Meanwhile, emergency services in Greymouth are searching the Haupiri River after reports that a person is missing. The search began just before 8pm. 

An image shared to Facebook shows the bridge leading to Arthur's Pass collapsed in the wild weather, as State Highway 73 remains closed in the area.

The damage caused to the bridge over Goat Creek, near Otira, is "significant", an NZTA spokesperson told 1 NEWS. The bridge was previously replaced in 2010. 

The spokesperson said it will take some time to fix and NZTA will likely make a call in the morning about when the state highway is likely to re-open.

There are a number of slips and flooding along the highway, he said.  

The weather has also caused a group of Otago Boys' High School students to become trapped in a hut in Mt Aspiring National Park with torrential rains making a creek impassable.

Deputy rector Mark Hooper told the NZ Herald the students were due to return from their trip today but the wild weather caused the creek to rise in level, becoming too high to cross.

The group of around 25 year-nine pupils are hoping to be able to walk out from the Matukituki Valley hut tomorrow and meet a waiting bus.

Mr Hooper said the group has good food supplies and all of their parents are being kept informed of the situation.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on Sunday

Part of Bridge in Kavala Collapses, No Injuries

A portion of the bridge in front of the old hospital of Kavala, in northern Greece, collapsed on Friday afternoon. There were no injuries but traffic was interrupted in the city.

The section that collapsed was approximately 15 meters in length, trapping a crane and a passenger car that happened to be passing at the moment the bridge caved in. The passengers of the two vehicles emerged safely.

The collapse of the bridge stopped all the traffic traveling toward the exit out of the city.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on November 7, 2018 at 6:03pm

Heavy Rain, Floods Collapse Bridge in West Java

At least five people died as floods drenched Cipatujah, Tasikmalaya, Indonesia, on Monday, November 5, said local reports. The Pasanggrahan bridge in Cipatujah, West Java, collapsed on Tuesday, November 6, as a result of the heavy rain and flooding. The Indonesian National Board for Disaster Management said it was working to evacuate those affected by the flooding to safety. The Governor of West Java, Ridwan Kamil, said a temporary bridge would be installed while the permanent bridge was being repaired. The flooding was most severe in Karangnunggal, Culamega, and Cipatujah. Credit: Ipey Febriansyah via Storyful

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Traffic detoured in Hillsborough after bridge washes out

Private bridge collapse affects residents, school bus route

Updated: 6:35 PM EST Nov 5, 2018

Traffic in Hillsborough is being forced to go around a bridge that was washed out after several days of heavy rain.

The bridge on Red Fox Crossing in the Emerald Lake Village will be closed until further notice, neighborhood officials said.

"This is like the second time in 20 years that I have seen water this high," resident Dennis Pelletier said.

Pelletier said several days of rain last week caused the creek to rise, and on Saturday, the bridge collapsed.

"This morning, they took the drone out and put it underneath the bridge to see how it was," Pelletier said. "People aren't happy, because they have to travel an extra 10 minutes just to get out of here."

The bridge is not maintained by the town. It's privately owned by the Emerald Lake subdivision.

"There are only three town-maintained roads through there, and that is not one of them," Hillsborough police Detective Chris McGillicuddy said.

The Police Department helped close off the road to ensure that no one travels over it.

"It just looked like the water was pushing through and around the culvert, and it just washed out the dirt," McGillicuddy said.

The Emerald Lake commissioners were analyzing the damage Monday, and an engineer will look at the bridge Tuesday. Residents in the area have to use an alternate route for now.

"I think the biggest impact would be the school buses," McGillicuddy said.

First Student in Hillsborough confirmed one bus route is being affected until the bridge is fixed. The company said the bus driver will start the route 10 minutes earlier until the bridge is repaired.

"It is completely closed off until they get it repaired, and they will probably need to wait until the water goes down until that repair can be done," McGillicuddy said.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on November 6, 2018 at 8:25am

Two Killed In Siberian Bridge Collapse; Latest Of Four In Russia

06 Nov 2018, 03:07 GMT

Russian officials say a bridge in the Khanty-Mansiisk region of Siberia collapsed while undergoing repairs, killing two people and injuring at least five others.

A construction crane and a truck plunged into the water when a bridge near the village of Karakteyevy in the Nefteyugansk district collapsed on November 5, regional officials and the Investigative Committee said.

At least five people were hospitalized, officials said. Media reports quoted rescue teams as saying that seven people were injured.

It is the fourth bridge collapse in Russia in the past several weeks.

In early October, the driver of an overloaded truck was injured after a bridge collapsed in the Far East region of Primorye.

On October 26, another bridge collapsed in the same region, killing two people.

No casualties were reported when another bridge collapsed in October in the region of Mordovia.

In all three cases, the bridges collapsed after overloaded trucks tried to cross them.

The deadly accident also came a week after a massive floating dry dock sank at an Arctic, injuring four workers and leaving one missing after a crane crashed down on the deck of Russia's only aircraft carrier.

Based on reporting by TASS, RIA Novosti, and Interfax

Comment by jorge namour on November 5, 2018 at 3:35pm

Two buildings collapse in the heart of Marseille - FRANCE

Update the 05/11/2018

Two adjoining buildings collapsed on Monday morning in a street in the neighborhood of Noailles, making at least two minor injuries, passersby. Relief is on site, as well as the mayor of the city, Jean-Claude Gaudin.

In the late morning, some 85 firefighters and as many police were on the job to secure the neighborhood and look for any other victims. Two teams of cynotechnists also mobilized have not yet detected the presence of victims in the rubble.

The two buildings of 4 and 5 floors, very dilapidated, located rue d'Aubagne, were reduced Monday morning to a pile of rubbish, found AFP. The services of the police headquarters of Bouches-du-Rhone told Le Figaro that two cars nearby had been destroyed in the accident. According to the firefighters, a third adjacent building also threatened to collapse.

In a statement, the mayor of Marseille explains that this "dramatic accident could be due to heavy rains that have fallen" on the city in recent days. CONTINUE...

Comment by SongStar101 on November 4, 2018 at 10:05am

"It Just Sounded Like Bombs" - At Least 2 Dead As Amazon Warehouse In Baltimore Collapses

Update: 2 dead after a weather-related building collapse at Amazon in Baltimore 

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At least one Amazon worker is dead, and another was unaccounted for late Friday night when a massive wall collapsed at an Amazon warehouse in Baltimore, the city's fire department spokesman said.

Chief Roman Clark told reporters a 50-foot wall collapsed at the Amazon Fulfillment Center in Southeast Baltimore in the overnight hours as a wicked storm swept across the Chesapeake Bay.

Firefighters found the deceased worker under rubble and transported to a hospital, where the person was pronounced dead, Clark said.

He said a second person was unaccounted for.

According to The Baltimore Sun, footage of the scene showed a badly damaged facility, damaged delivery trucks, and debris everywhere. On a nearby highway, on the north side of the Ft. McHenry tunnel, a tractor-trailer overturned because of wind.

It is unclear if the Amazon warehouse collapse is related to a severe weather event that hit the city last night, but Clark said the area was getting pounded with strong winds and rain at the same time.

Luis Rosa, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service (NWS), told The Baltimore Sun a government weather team would be surveying the area on Saturday to assess the damage.

Brandon McBride, an Amazon employee who was working in the building, described to NBC Baltimore a chaotic and frightening scene:

"I was standing inside the building and me and one of the facilities dudes were talking, and I went to the left side of the building and he went to the right, and all of a sudden, we just heard these loud noises. The power shut off. It was just crazy inside," McBride said. "It just sounded like bombs were dropping everywhere. The whole side (of the building) was just dropping."

"There was stuff falling everywhere, you could see the walls were caving in," McBride said. "Rain was pouring everywhere; all the packages were soaked. It's unreal."

Amazon spokeswoman Rachael Lighty emailed a statement to NBC Baltimore that said: "Severe weather damaged one of our facilities in Baltimore City. The safety of our employees and contractors is our top priority and we have safely evacuated the building. We are working with emergency responders to assess the damage and we are thankful for their quick response this evening. Our thoughts go out to all families impacted by this evening’s severe weather."

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on November 3, 2018 at 5:02am

Russian aircraft carrier fatally damaged by crane crash after floating dock sinks.

Russia’s only aircraft carrier was damaged while undergoing repairs in the north of the country after the floating dock holding it sank in the early hours of Tuesday and a crane crashed onto its deck, tearing a gash up to 5 meters wide.
The Admiral Kuznetsov has seen action in Russia’s military campaign in Syria in support of President Bashar al-Assad with its planes carrying out air strikes against rebel forces.
It was being overhauled on one of the world’s biggest floating docks in the icy waters of the Kola Bay near Murmansk close to where Russia’s Northern Fleet is based and was due to go back into service in 2021.
Maria Kovtun, Murmansk’s governor, said in a statement that a rescue operation had been launched and 71 people evacuated after the floating dock holding the ship had begun to sink.
The warship had been successfully extracted from the dock before it completely sank, she said.
Investigators, who said they had opened a criminal investigation into the incident that would look at whether safety rules had been violated, said one person was missing and four others were being treated for hypothermia after being plucked out of the water.
Alexei Rakhmanov, head of Russia’s United Shipbuilding Corporation, told the TASS news agency that the ship’s hull and deck had been damaged, although what he called the vessel’s vitally important parts had not been harmed.
“There is a jagged hole 4-5 meters wide,” Rakhmanov was quoted as saying by the Interfax news agency.
“It’s obvious that when a 70-tonne crane falls onto the deck, it’s possible that there could be such damage. We consider the damage to be insignificant.”
Yevgeny Gladyshev, a spokesman for the shipbuilding factory which operated the floating dock, told the RIA news agency that unspecified equipment had been damaged but that much of the deck had been spared because it had been removed during the refit.
The floating dock had been hit by a power outage which had caused its ballast tanks to fill up rapidly, prompting it to sink, the factory said.
The Admiral Kuznetsov gained notoriety in Britain when then Secretary of Defence Michael Fallon dubbed it the “ship of shame” in 2017 when it passed through waters close to the English coast on its way back from the Mediterranean belching black smoke.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on October 15, 2018 at 7:56pm

Grayson County road closed after bridge collapse
Posted: Oct 15, 2018 11:21 AM EDT

LUELLA, Texas -- A road southeast of Sherman has been closed to traffic after a portion of a bridge was washed away.
Grayson County Commissioner Jeff Whitmire said Cedar Road over Cedar Creek is closed "indefinitely" while the structure is evaluated. He said half of the road surface has collapsed and the rest of the pavement is now in danger.
"We will have TxDOT bridge engineers out as early in the week as possible to determine options," Whitmire said on his Facebook page. "The bridge had been scheduled to be replaced early next year; it hasn't been determined if that schedule can be moved up."
Whitmire told KTEN that temporary repairs are also a possibility to reopen Cedar Road, but that will depend on what the experts find.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on October 15, 2018 at 9:09am

Italy: Heavy rain causes partial collapse of the highway bridge

October 12 2018

The bridge is located next to the town of Cagliari, in Sardinia. – Brochure / Guardia di Finanza press office / AFP
From the air there is only one gap between two ends of the highway. On Wednesday, part of the motorway bridge collapsed under the influence of heavy rainfall on the Italian island of Sardinia, according to images made public by firefighters.
A motorway bridge collapses in Sardinia under the effect of heavy rains (south of the island between Cagliari and Capoterra). No victims, but inhabitants of Capoterra who are isolated only at home.

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