http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/25/world/asia/bangladesh-building-collapse.html?hp&_r=0

 

NEW DELHI — An eight-story building in Bangladesh that housed several garment factories collapsed on Wednesday morning, killing at least 70 people, injuring hundreds of others, and leaving an unknown number of people trapped in the rubble, according to Bangladeshi officials and media outlets.... http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/25/world/asia/bangladesh-building-co...

 

So much happening under our feet.  Daily collapses of roadways due to the severe bow stretch, severe rains, crunching and land subduction all predicted in Zetatalk and all happening now.  Last week in Utah a fatal road collapse killed a 14 year old girl and injured 2.  It's painful to watch the planet crumble but we all knew it was coming.

Buildings collapsing.........a daily happening too.  With responses about what's causing all these happenings ranging from, rain, human error, poorly constructed, yada yada.....BUT, that's not going to fly with people much longer.  As soon as Planet X peers out at us from the sky, people will remember all the things that have happened up to this point and finally somehow, they will connect the dots.  Some will be in extreme denial, others will be so afraid and look for someone to take care of them, and still others will stand up and be counted and prepare as best we could.  There's no wishing this away, there's only pushing forward to a better tomorrow.  While our infrastructure crumbles around us we need to learn to be more careful, tread softly, kiss your kids, love with all your heart.  We are IN IT NOW.

I live in a house built in 1850 and it isn't falling down.  Age does not mean collapse. 

100-year-old building partially collapses in Malone

By: Rachael Paradis

A building in Malone that has been standing for more than a century will no longer be a sight in the town. The building on Route 11, well known to many in the community, collapsed overnight. While no one was injured, our Rachael Paradis tells us why the town is in a rush to tear it down.

 

   

MALONE, N.Y. -- Neighbors in Malone stood in surprise, took pictures and even shared stories of a once popular tavern that started to crumble early Monday morning.

County Legislator Billy Jones said, "It's an old structure, it was a structure that was obviously unsafe."

The tavern/hotel was built in the early 1900'. It has been closed to the public for about 15 years and was condemned six months ago.

Franklin County Emergency Services Director Rick Provost, "We're unsure what occurred last night at 3 a.m. What we do know is this building has been on our list of buildings with issues."

Jones said, "Old things fall down."

Police closed off part off Route 11 to traffic and to people, out of concern the rest of the building could fall down. Some in the community voiced concern over why this building, along with others like it in the area that haven't already been demolished. Officials say it comes down to money.

Provost said, "The high cost of abatement for these buildings really makes it tough for the county or the village to take those burdens on."

Jones, "We just have to come up with a plan to start taking some of these building down so we don't run into this problem going forward."

The demolition is only expected to take hours, but cleaning up the area is a different issue. Officials say it could be weeks before the site is completely cleared.

http://centralny.ynn.com/content/top_stories/551123/100-year-old-bu...

 

 

 

LAKE ELSINORE: Water leak causes street collapse

 

 

 

10:00 PM PDT on Friday, July 22, 2011

By GENE GHIOTTO
The Press-Enterprise

Temporary repairs to a section of Joy Street in Lake Elsinore are in place today after a 1-inch water line gave way, causing 80 feet of the roadway to collapse and the asphalt to buckle.

The leak, caused by a 6 to 8-inch diameter tree root, was reported late Thursday in a line that leads to several duplexes on Joy between Machado Street and Riverside Drive, and behind Machado Elementary School.

Water service was restored to the 34 customers early Friday morning, said Greg Morrison, spokesman for the Elsinore Valley Municipal Water District.

Water district and contractor crews spent much of Friday removing the damaged asphalt on the southbound side of Joy and laying down a temporary patch. The road was opened in both directions by late afternoon.

"That way the road will be open completely for the entire weekend," Morrison said.

Crews will return Monday and trench from curb to curb to permanently repair the 1-inch line.

On Tuesday, a paving company will remove the patch, put down new base and repave one side of Joy, Morrison said. Work on the other side will take place on Wednesday.

"That way on Tuesday and Wednesday we'll be able to keep on

 

http://www.pe.com/localnews/stories/PE_News_Local_D_spipe23.38e27e6...

Windhorst, Parsons Roadway Collapse: Cautious Testing Continues

County workers are testing for sinkholes but the work is proceeding methodically because of utility lines at the intersection, according to a Hillsborough County spokesman.

Several lanes at the intersection of Windhorst Road and Parsons Avenue in Brandon remained closed for the indefinite future as county workers tread carefully in determining what caused a section of the roadway to collapse July 19.

“We have to be really careful at that intersection because there are lots of utility lines in the area,” said Hillsborough County spokesman Patrick Murray. "We have a sewer line and a water line there and we have to make sure there are no other utilities, so we have to be careful drilling.”

At the scene, late afternoon July 22, barricades were seen at the intersection, with drilling under way.

Crew workers first believed a 16-inch sewage pipeline beneath the intersection might have caused the collapse of the 6-foot-square section of roadway on July 19, according to a county report.

But the sewer line was dug up and found to be intact.  Now the county is testing the intersection for sinkholes — but carefully, as Murray noted.  

Additional detours and lane closures are possible as crews dig up the line for inspection and any necessary repairs.

Motorists who must travel through the intersection are warned to expect delays.

http://brandon.patch.com/articles/windhorst-parsons-roadway-collaps...

Sewer collapse closes part of Lexington Road

   

 

At least one eastbound lane of Road near Etley Avenue and Cave Hill Cemetery will be closed during Thursday morning’s rush hour after a 48-inch brick sewer collapsed Wednesday evening.

Crews noticed a depression in the road before discovering the sewer had collapsed, and the area will be excavated Thursday morning, said Metropolitan Sewer District Executive   Bud Schardein.

He said it was too early to tell what caused the collapse, but age was a likely factor. That part of the sewer was built in the 1880s and could have been weakened from an unusually wet spring.

“With all the wet weather we’ve had this past spring, that has a tendency to undermine the mortar,” Schardein said.

http://www.courier-journal.com/article/20110720/NEWS01/307200099/Se...

Road collapse might have killed Colorado family

(2011-07-20)

(wpr) - Engineers say a large section of Wyoming highway where four Colorado family members plunged to their deaths might have totally collapsed in a matter of minutes.

It had been raining for hours Monday night when local authorities warned the Constantinides family, among others, about potential flood conditions near North Brush Creek Campground around midnight.

Not long afterward, the family's van drove into a washed-out portion of Wyoming highway 130 and was swept about 75 yards down Brush Creek. Laurel Constantindies and her three daughters died.

The husband and father, Alex Constantindies, who had grown up in Laramie, survived and escape the vehicle. He and a passerby later rescued Carbon County Emergency management Coordinator John Ziegler, whose car washed out while he was trying to assist in flood protection efforts.

Ziegler said he was "very fortunate" to have survived.

Bruce Burrows of the Wyoming Transportation Department says engineers are studying what happened to the roadway early Tuesday morning. He says preliminary assessments indicate the creek swollen with rain and snowmelt may have undermined the roadway over some hours and then gouged a 25-foot-wide, 9-foot-deep hole in a matter of minutes.

http://www.publicbroadcasting.net/wpr/news.newsmain/article/1/0/183...

Yunnan road test the opening day collapse resulting in four deaths and injuries

8, Yunnan

8, Yunnan” in the history of the most short-lived highway “a serious collapse destroyed sections of the site. After investigation, the highway there in time duration and other issues. Xinhua News Agency reporters Chen Hai and Ning She

Recently, Yunnan Province, Internet users post, said the new Xinping county secondary road test three estuary opening day collapse occurs, resulting in 2 dead 2 injured. Internet users have questioned this “the most short-lived highway” Why just fix it collapsed, was “too much rain” or “bad way”?

After the incident, Yunnan Provincial Department and the Transportation Department were dispatched to investigate a group of experts, the group that really belongs to all “natural disasters caused by heavy rainfall.”

collapse of the vehicle crash on

recently, Internet users “pass,” said Post, June 27, Xinping County of Yuxi City, three city secondary road test the opening of the estuary collapse occurred the next day, resulting in a vehicle passing through here turn under the cliff, killing two people died inside the car and two others injured, highway interrupted. For the cause of the accident, the local government is a single point of heavy rain caused by a natural disaster.

7 8, correspondent along the new road to the scene three, the road there are construction workers on the highway guardrail, drainage and other construction, from time to time some sections of earth and rock rolled down from the hills.

close to the scene of the accident, the construction set up roadblocks on the road side. In the new three road K25 +450 to K26 +480 road, the reporter saw a total of three road damage, including two collapsed, a surface crack. Road accident at the hillside, two-way four-lane have collapsed, a lot of rocks, soil and concrete was rushed into the street of the valley.

“red water collapsed roadbed”

Zhang Xinping County Department of Transportation Secretary BU has introduced three new roads through villages and towns in Xinping County 8 19 village committees, with a total mileage of 90 kilometers . Road along the fragile geology, disasters, floods and geological disasters have been more serious.

accidents mainly due to heavy rains led to a single point of soft roadbed, road ditches and culverts to be above the blockage, and finally the formation of water as a waterfall of impact, resulting in collapse of highway roadbed.

Bu there are rules that highway design, construction and supervision units are selected strictly in accordance with the bidding system, procedural compliance and found no serious design flaws, quality of construction or supervision of omissions.

collapse occurred Sections of the construction unit project manager Jiangzu Long introduction, the unit will subcontract work to the successful construction services company, the project head of engineering equipment and materials, and is responsible for management and technical guidance, service company only the labor force, which is not labor sub-subcontract, the state permitted by law.

he said, in strict accordance with design drawings for construction, engineering, quality is no problem, Lu Jisong soft infiltration and erosion is mainly caused by the floods.

no quality problems, experts say

afterwards, Yunnan Provincial Department and the Transportation Department were sent experts to the scene. The Group believes that: section of the incident transverse slope steep terrain, poor geological conditions, heavy rainfall increased the hydrostatic pressure, the formation of collapse, is a heavy rainfall-induced natural disasters.

Yunnan Provincial Communications Department who participated in the survey, experts say, from the survey of the situation, roadbed, retaining wall strength and so meet the requirements and found no quality problems.

subsidy investigation in time duration for the fight

accused of the most short-lived road not approved the first building, not the acceptance that the opening test

Reporter learned that the investigation, three new road opened in October 2009 to build, and design in May 2010 before the Provincial Communications Department has been approved, there is “not approved prior to construction” and “time duration” issue. Not hand over the road in case of acceptance of test traffic violations, and plans to be held on 30 June the opening ceremony, canceled after the accident.

construction personnel, three new road along the geological environment is complex, time is short, heavy task in building a post, Xinping shouted “make a big quick-drying 60 days,” the slogan of the progress of the projects Forced , post workers overtime work.

what makes engineering so catch it? Reporters learned that, in addition to travel to meet the requirements of the masses, more important reason is that for national road toll for the abolition of two grants. According to the policy, the new secondary roads shall be June 30 this year, opened to traffic, or can not enjoy the state’s two highway toll abolition of subsidies.

http://www.cnkeyword.info/yunnan-road-test-the-opening-day-collapse...

Details Emerge in Deadly Road Collapse

Cheyenne : WY : USA | Jul 20, 2011
 
Engineers say a large section of Wyoming highway where four Colorado family members plunged to their deaths may have totally collapsed in a matter of minutes. Bruce Burrows of the Wyoming Transportation Department says engineers are studying what happened to state Route 130 over South Brush Creek... FULL ARTICLE AT KSAZ

http://www.allvoices.com/news/9730810-details-emerge-in-deadly-road...

 

 

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Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on April 20, 2016 at 5:45am

http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/victoria/north-melbourne-wall-coll...

North Melbourne wall collapse at Royal Park Hotel site

April 19, 2016 8:58pm


A mother pushing her pram has had a lucky escape after a wall collapsed in North Melbourne. Picture: Jason Edwards

A MOTHER pushing a pram had a near miss when a wall collapsed in North Melbourne this morning.

Demolition work on the Royal Park Hotel on the corner of Queensberry St and Howard St had been halted by a CFMEU safety team yesterday after the union discovered an asbestos check had not taken place.

The wall collapsed around 8.30am. Nobody was injured.



Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on April 19, 2016 at 5:10am

http://www.640toronto.com/syn/104/86895/scaffolding-collapse-toronto

Seven People Injured Following Scaffolding Collapse In Toronto

Seven people, including a mother and baby, were transported to hospital Monday with non-life threatening injuries after scaffolding and part of a building collapsed at a construction site in Toronto’s Forest Hill neighbourhood, a Toronto Police spokesperson said.

The collapse happened around 2:30 p.m. near Bathurst and Eglinton Streets, said Toronto Police Const. Allyson Douglas-Cook. All of those injured were either close to or inside the construction site at the time, she said, adding that the baby, a six-month-old, and mother received minor injuries and are alright. None of the seven suffered life-threatening injuries, but three suffered serious injuries.

“The infant was in a stroller, and the stroller is all twisted and bent,” said Toronto Fire Division Commander Bob O’Halloran. “Fortunately, the infant’s not injured at all, so the stroller must have actually saved that baby.”

The building where the collapse occurred was in the process of being demolished to make way for a transit station for the Metrolinx Eglinton Crosstown line, which is still under construction. Ron Aitken, Project Director at Crosslinx, the consortium of companies contracted to design, build, and finance the line, told reporters at the scene that the only portion of the former two-storey Chinese restaurant standing at the time of the collapse was the building’s facade. Aitken refused to answer reporters’ repeated questions about how the facade was being held up.

Details about the incident remain limited, and it’s not yet known what led to the collapse. Metrolinx Chief Capital Officer John Jensen told reporters they were co-operating with the ongoing investigation, and repeatedly called the incident an “accident.” No Metrolinx employees were injured in the collapse, but it was unclear whether any contract workers handling the demolition were injured, said Metrolinx spokeswoman Anne Marie Aikins.

The Ministry of Labour has been called in and will lead the investigation into the collapse. A police canine unit was at the scene to help search for other possible victims.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on April 18, 2016 at 5:47am

http://www.lettersfromthailand.com/ayutthaya-road-collapses.html

Ayutthaya road collapses

www.bangkokpost.commediacontent20160417c1_936561_620x413-f98bbb0f55..." height="413" hspace="3" vspace="3" width="620" border="1"/> A road section along Khlong Phraya Bunlue canal in Ayutthaya’s Lat Bua Luang district collapses on Sunday. Authorities blamed drought that caused water in the canal to recede and made soil beneath the road subside.

AYUTTHAYA — Another section of the causeway along Khlong Phraya Bunlue canal suddenly collapsed on Sunday, creating a crack about two metres deep and more than 100 metres long.

Danai Ruangprat, head of village Moo 2 in tambon Singhanart, found a section of the eight-metre wide road collapsed on Sunday and reported it to district authorities. The collapsed section was declared off-limits to all vehicles.

Officials said the water level in the canal has receded due to severe drought and this has caused soil underneath the road to subside.

Local authorities on Sunday put up singposts to warn motorists about the collapse. The road was being repaired.

Several sections of the embankment road collapsed last year when drought hit the district.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on April 16, 2016 at 5:38am

http://www.wsvn.com/story/31737437/building-collapses-at-miami-dade...

2 hurt after concrete slab collapses at Miami Dade College construction site

Posted: Apr 15, 2016 2:52 PM EST Updated: Apr 15, 2016 6:57 PM EST

DORAL, Fla. (WSVN) -- Miami-Dade Fire Rescue responded after a large slab of concrete collapses at a construction site at Miami Dade College's West Campus in Doral.

At least two people were injured due to the collapse, according to Miami-Dade Fire Rescue. A beam allegedly fell with a crane still connected to it, which impacted a parking structure that was under construction,  at 3800 NW 115th Ave. in Doral. Some believe that was what caused the partial collapse at the construction site. 

One worker who suffered life-threatening injuries was treated on the scene by Miami-Dade Fire Rescue first responders before being transported via ambulance to the trauma center. "We did end up transporting two workers from this site with injuries," said Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Chief Jeff Strickland. "The cause of this is under investigation."

Another person suffered minor injuries and was transported to an area hospital. "They were not pinned by anything," Strickland said. "We packaged them in a stokes basket and brought them down using our ladder truck."

7's Skyforce was on the scene of the incident, which happened at around 2:30, Friday afternoon. Actual concrete slabs could be seen collapsed as a result of the impact. 

Miami Dade College said that there were some injuries connected to this and called these injuries minor. The county, however, said that one person was seriously injured. 

Miami Dade College District Communications released a statement, Friday afternoon, which stated, "Earlier today, there was a construction incident at MDC's West Campus garage that is currently under construction. There are some minor injuries reported. Because it is Friday, there are not many classes taking place or many people around. Classes and operations have not been impacted. The Campus is open."

According to a report, the building is a new garage that is under construction. The garage is being built to replace a previous garage that partially collapsed in 2012 and killed four people. "We didn't hear anything, but we weren't that far away from it," said one high schooler who takes college level courses. "I mean, now that it's happened twice, I probably wouldn't park there anymore just because I don't trust that it won't happen again."

The construction site has been guarded, as of Friday evening, by the Doral Police Department. The site has been cleared entirely, and this case will be investigated by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. 

In the meantime, 7News has been told that the construction company, Haskell Construction, has hired the City of Doral Police Department to make sure no one goes near the site. 

Officials have sent in engineers to assess the damage.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on April 15, 2016 at 4:27am

http://www.hulldailymail.co.uk/Giant-hole-collapsed-road-causes-tra...

Giant hole in collapsed road causes traffic chaos in Howden

Posted: April 14, 2016

DAMAGE: A giant hole has formed after a road collapsed in East Riding

A GIANT hole has formed in a collapsed road - causing chaos for drivers on the A614 this morning.

Thorpe Road near Howden has been closed following the damage, which was reported by construction workers at around 8am.

The left hand side of the road, which leads up to a bridge from the direction of Spaldington, towards Howden, has collapsed into a ditch.

As these pictures show, a giant hole can be seen covering almost half the side of the road and water is bursting out of a damaged pipe, which is surrounded by rubble.




Comment by M. Difato on April 14, 2016 at 3:08pm

Building collapses in Tenerife tourist hotspot like "pack of cards" after 'powerful explosion' leaving at least two feared dead

Posted APR,14 2016 http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/breaking-building-collapses...

Several people are trapped under the rubble after a 'powerful explosion' was heard in Los Cristianos

At least two people are feared dead and several trapped after a four-storey building collapsed in a Tenerife resort popular with Brit holidaymakers.

The building is located in the Los Cristianos neighborhood, in the south of the island.

Tenerife is the largest of the seven Canary islands and has a British expat community of around 10,000.

Eight people are believed to be trapped under the rubble.

The building is said to have collapsed at around 9.30am local time, sparking panic among the locals.

The injured include a 57-year-old woman, who is said to be in serious condition and a 28-year-old man who suffered minor cuts and bruises. Both were taken to hospital for treatment.

The third victim is a 55-year-old woman who was said to be in a state of shock and was treated at the scene.

Building collapses in Tenerife tourist hotspot like "pack of cards" after 'powerful explosion' leaving at least two feared dead

At least two people are feared dead and several trapped after a four-story building collapsed in a Tenerife resort popular with Brit holidaymakers.

The building is located in the Los Cristianos neighborhood, in the south of the island.

Tenerife is the largest of the seven Canary islands and has a British expat community of around 10,000.

Eight people are believed to be trapped under the rubble.

The building is said to have collapsed at around 9.30am local time, sparking panic among the locals.

The injured include a 57-year-old woman, who is said to be in serious condition and a 28-year-old man who suffered minor cuts and bruises. Both were taken to hospital for treatment.

The third victim is a 55-year-old woman who was said to be in a state of shock and was treated at the scene.

Tenerife building collapseTenerife building collapse
It is not yet known what caused the collapse, but police have evacuated nearby buildings for fear they too might be at risk.

The area is sealed off.

Breaking news.Major building collapse in Los Cristianos. Horrific scene. More at https://t.co/ReT1VFRzjT #tenerife pic.twitter.com/7Vce0F9ZTo

— Ross Browning (@RossTenerife) 14 April 2016
Local Emergencies Coordinator Oscar Nunez told a local radio: "A powerful explosion was heard in the street which became engulfed in dust."

Video of the first moments after the building collapse in Tenerife.
Via @rafaleonortega pic.twitter.com/RkSCAa97Od

— The Spain Report (@thespainreport) 14 April 2016
Carlos, who owns a restaurant in the area, said: "The emergency services took a woman on a stretcher and wearing a collar to protect her kneck."

Videos posted on Twitter show area second after the building came down.

In one of the posts locals can be seen walking around in a plum of smoke - looking dazed and disoriented.

One local resident said: "It sounded as if a bomb had exploded."

Derrumbe en Los Cristianos pic.twitter.com/U1EcaeIqSd

— TontoDelDía (@pedropablogb) 14 April 2016
Another worker said: "People were heard screaming inside after the collapse,"

Another said there was an explosion and a smell of gas before the building collapsed like a pack of cards.

Firefighters and police on the scene with rescue dogs.

We'll be bringing you the very latest updates, pictures and video on this breaking news story.

It is not yet known if any UK nationals have been affected.

 

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on April 14, 2016 at 3:50am

https://torrentvz.wordpress.com/2016/04/13/6-trapped-after-building...

6 trapped after building collapses in south China’s Guangdong, rescue work underway – CCTV News

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on April 13, 2016 at 6:27am

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/five-storey-building-collap...

Five storey building collapses into city street sending screaming residents running from huge dust cloud

In the footage residents can initially be seen watching the collapse, but as the cloud of ash comes towards them they start to run in all directions

This is the incredible moment a tower block collapses onto a street in the middle of a city.

Loud cracking noises could be heard from the five-storey building causing locals to cordon off the road in front of it, but within moments the building dramatically fell.

In the footage residents can initially be seen watching the collapse, but as the cloud of ash comes towards them they start to run in all directions.

The building was empty and undergoing renovations, with one construction worker initially trapped.


CEN This is the incredible moment when a massive building collapses down onto the street in the middle of Istanbul
This is the incredible moment when a massive building collapses down onto the street in the middle of Istanbul

Local media reports that the 43-year-old man was freed and taken to a nearby hospital for treatment.

Firefighters are currently on the scene near Taksim Square in Beyoğlu district of Istanbul, clearing up debris from the street.

Police have confirmed they are investigating the incident.

CEN This is the incredible moment when a massive building collapses down onto the street in the middle of Istanbul
Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on April 11, 2016 at 10:59pm

http://www.theboltonnews.co.uk/news/14418196.90_children_escape__te...

90 children from Theatre Works escape 'terrifying' ceiling collapse at Thwaites Empire Theatre, Blackburn

TERRIFIED children had a lucky escape when a theatre ceiling collapsed above the stage where they were about to perform, reports the Bolton News.

Plasterboard fell into the lighting rigging over the stage at the Thwaites Empire Theatre, in Blackburn, while almost 90 children, aged three to 16, from Bolton and Bury-based Theatre Works were rehearsing their production of 'A Night At The Musicals'.

Fortunately, nobody was on stage at the time, but parents said the children who witnessed the incident were left "traumatised".

Eight children, aged four to seven, were just moments from going on stage to rehearse a dance piece from Mamma Mia, while the others sat watching in the auditorium.

The group are now hoping to find a venue that will let them perform the show for free, after putting in months of hard work.

Eight children, aged four to seven, were just moments from going on stage to rehearse a dance piece from Mamma Mia, while the others sat watching in the auditorium.

Emma Matthews, who runs Theatre Works with Lauren Bateman, said: "We grabbed the eight children next to us as the ceiling began to fall in and covered them with our bodies and then started to throw them out into the auditorium to a nearby adult, who escorted them quickly out of the building.

"There was lots of dust and debris falling onto the stage and visibility was impaired due to the black cloud of dust.

"Children in the audience, obviously very scared, saw the ceiling drop and a large dust cloud come towards them, so they ran in the opposite direction to the nearest exits. At the time everyone was terrified and didn't know what was happening."

The group are now hoping to find a venue that will let them perform the show for free, after putting in months of hard work.

The 35-year-old, from Little Lever, added: "We have lots of very upset children who worked so hard on this show and we have nowhere to do it. Better broken hearts than broken bones, but for us it's not good enough.

"With The Albert Halls closed at the moment we have no provision in Bolton for a theatre. Companies and schools are going out of the area, which is such a shame. We have so much performing arts in Bolton with no where to perform, it's ridiculous.

"We used to do our shows at The Met in Bury, which we have now outgrown. This show originally should have been at the Radcliffe Civic Suite which, after we booked it, we found out is now closing down. There must be somebody out there who can help us and give us a theatre to perform our Night at The Musicals show in. We had sold out the entire venue for our show and have all been left severely out of pocket."

Darren Armstrong, whose six-year-old daughter Klarisse was among those inside the theatre, added: "It was very scary and it could have gone horribly wrong. She was absolutely traumatised. It has clearly had an effect on her. She was completely covered in dust."

Michael Berry, chairman of the Thwaites Empire Theatre, said: “Fortunately no-one was on stage when the plasterboard came down. We are not sure why part of the ceiling fell in but we are bringing in a structural engineer to carry out a full survey to ensure that there will be no further problems. We are working closely with the Health and Safety Executive which has been notified as the safety of our audiences is paramount. For the full inspection to be carried out and to allow us to repair the ceiling we have no choice but to cancel all shows at the theatre for a couple of weeks.

"The Theatre Works are a lovely group and it was the first time they were using our theatre. Thankfully, there was nobody injured at all."

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on April 11, 2016 at 9:38pm

http://www.shanghaidaily.com/metro/society/Massive-rescue-effort-la...

Massive rescue effort launched for survivors of building collapse

April 12, 2016, Tuesday

TWO people were hurt yesterday when a three-story mixed-use building in Songjiang District collapsed, the district government said via Weibo.

The two lower floors of the property, at 61 Xixia Road, were occupied by retail outlets and the top floor by apartments, it said.

Although all of the people known to be in the building at the time of the collapse have been accounted for, about 400 rescue workers were sent to support the rescue effort.

A Songjiang government official declined to answer any of Shanghai Daily’s questions about the incident, saying information and updates would be provided only via Weibo.

The two people injured were identified only as a 22-year-old woman and her toddler son. Both are being treated for bone fractures at a local hospital, but are said to be doing well.

According to a report by the news website thepaper.cn, the mother and son were rescued after a pregnant woman who was left stranded but unhurt in the incident alerted police to their whereabouts.

A separate report by Songjiang News said that the woman who raised the alarm was the sister of the woman who was injured in the collapse.

While the government has released no information about what caused the building to crumble, it said that renovation work had been under way in one of the ground floor premises.

Eight workers have been confirmed safe, as too have the 15 registered residents of the apartments, it said.

The government said, however, that it had found “signs of life” under some of the rubble, though declined to elaborate.

A total of 150 armed police officers, 150 regular police, 100 firefighters and three ambulances were sent to aid the rescue effort, thepaper.cn said.

The building’s landlord and the workers from the renovation team are helping police with their enquiries, the government said.

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