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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 Friday

38 collapsed buildings following Mexico's EQ

Stunning before and after photos in link

These are the buildings that collapsed in the Mexico City earthquake (with before and after images)

Dozens of buildings, 38 according to the most recent update, were affected to a greater or lesser extent by Tuesday's earthquake. Schools, chemical labs, apartment buildings and offices. This is a list of some of them along with what is known so far.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on Friday

Eight rescued after Kapsabet building collapses

Sep. 21, 2017, 3:00 pm

Part of the building that collapsed in Kapsabet town, Nandi county, on September 21, 2017. /BARRY SALIL

Tens of people are feared trapped in rubble following the collapse of a building in Kapsabet town, Nandi county, on Thursday.

Witnesses said the three-storey building had been under construction and that 60 workers were on site at the time.

Eight people including children had been rescued by press time and had fractures and bruises.

They were taken to Kapsabet referral hospital.

Members of the public at the site of a building's collapse in Kapsabet town, Nandi county, on September 21, 2017. /BARRY SALIL

Members of the public at the site of a building's collapse in Kapsabet town, Nandi county, on September 21, 2017.

Rescue efforts were hampered by heavy rainfall but members of the public and constructors volunteered equipment.

Red Cross personnel and volunteers are among those making frantic rescue efforts. Some of those trapped cried out so they could be found.

The building owner has been identified as one R Simani who authorised work this morning.

It is said the building collapsed because of the use of substandard materials and improper supervision by the National Construction Authority.

The building was an extension of a private facility known as Meswo Healthcare Services. It was to have five storeys with facilities including wards.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on September 1, 2017 at 11:21pm

At Least 12 Killed In Mumbai Building Collapse

Aug 31, 2017

At least 12 people were killed and more were still trapped after a century-old building collapsed in India's financial center of Mumbai on Thursday morning.

Mumbai has suffered recent torrential rain and flooding, along with other parts of India and in Bangladesh and Nepal.

Rescuers were still helping find and pull people from what The Associated Press described as a "huge mound of mud, concrete slabs and twisted steel girders" Thursday afternoon. The building was located in the Bhendi Bazaar area in the south of the Indian coastal city.

More than a dozen people had been rescued and sent to a hospital Thursday afternoon, and several more may still be trapped in the rubble.

Manoj Sharma, a police official, told the AP that nine families lived in the building.

A nearby resident described the scene to Reuters. "There was a massive bang. We couldn't see anything due to the dust and smoke. Once the dust settled, we realised it was a building collapse," Amina Sheikh told the wire service.

Mumbai's municipal housing authority declared the building dilapidated in 2011, Reuters reports.

According to the BBC, this is the third time a building has collapsed in Mumbai in less than a month. Seventeen people died in July when a building collapsed in Ghatkopar, a Mumbai suburb.

Structural collapses — not just of buildings — are more common in India than in the West. A wall collapsed during a wedding in May in northern India, leaving 24 people dead. Last year, an overpass fell in Kolkata, killing 26 people. More than 70 people were killed when a seven-story building went down in Thane in 2013. Sixty-six people died in a four-story New Delhi building that fell in 2010.

Flooding and torrential rain are suspected of weakening poorly built structures. As the AP explains:

"Building collapses are common in India during the monsoon season, which is June to September. High demand and lax regulations encourage some builders to use substandard materials or add unauthorized extra floors."

About 1,200 people have died in the recent floods in India, Nepal and Bangladesh.

NPR's Julie McCarthy explained on Thursday's Morning Edition why development has made Mumbai, in a similar way to Houston, particularly vulnerable to flooding:

"Many parts of Mumbai sit just feet above sea level. And this is one of the world's most populous cities — 20 million people. And it's a mecca for people migrating to the city for jobs. And that is driving construction. It's popping up on flood plains and coastal areas unchecked. And all that is also generating tons of garbage. And what have they discovered? That the waste is clogging the stormwater drains which makes Mumbai even more vulnerable to flooding."
Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on August 29, 2017 at 11:03pm

Bridge Collapses in India – level 3

29-08-2017 15:00

In Bihar, India, raging floodwater caused a bridge to collapse with people on it, and we do not know what happened to all of those people. Some of them were able to climb up on the other side.

The floods have killed at least 78 people and devastated villages in Nepal. Thousands of people have fled their homes with their only suitcases. Since June, flooding and landslides killed over 250 people in India, Nepal, and Bangladesh.

Across South Asia, the monsoons have affected more than 16 million people. The people displaced by the weather are now at risk of diseases, starvation, and death.

Difficult words: raging (very strong), devastated (destroyed), monsoon (a season when it rains a lot), displace (force people or animals to move from where they live), starvation (not having enough food).

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on August 29, 2017 at 10:57pm

Bridge collapses in Desertmartin, County Londonderry

A bridge on the Iniscarn Road near Desertmartin, County Londonderry has partially collapsed.

The country road has been closed in both directions.

Engineers from the Department for Infrastructure are expected to carry out a full assessment of the damage later.

DUP councillor for Moyola Anne Forde described the collapse as a bit of a calamity, adding that she thought last week's storms had weakened the bridge.

"Some time ago there was a wee bit of work done to it but the weather we had last week, I have been led to believe the structure may have been damaged," she told BBC News NI.

"There would be a considerable amount of traffic using and it a lot of famers would use it."

A local diversion has been put in place.

A spokesperson for the Department for Infrastructure said: "The extent of the damage will require full assessment by departmental bridge engineers."

The PSNI tweeted: "To avoid current closure at Iniscarn Road drivers coming from Draperstown must go right onto Brackaghlislea Road and then left onto Gortahurk Road."

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on August 29, 2017 at 10:53pm

Bridge In East Houston Over Greens Bayou Collapses

Original published: 2017-08-29 10:36:47

HOUSTON – A bridge in east Houston over Greens Bayou has collapsed due to flooding.

Harris County Emergency Officials tweeted that the bridge on Woodforest Blvd that crosses Greens Bayou has collapsed.

It’s not known at this time if there are any injuries.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on August 15, 2017 at 7:05pm

Tunnel collapse cuts France-Germany rail link

15 August 2017

Repairs will not be completed until end of the month, SNCF says

Repairs to a collapsed tunnel that has blocked the rail link between Strasbourg and Germany will take until at least August 26, SNCF has said.

The partial collapse occurred during maintenance work on the tunnel, and mean that all TGV and ICE services between the two countries have been cancelled.

TGVs from Paris now have to terminate at the Moselle town of Forbach. Seven of the 18 daily services between the capital and the Bas-Rhin city have been cut until the tunnel reopens.

"Customers from Strasbourg who have booked to travel on international trains to Germany are invited to postpone their journey or to take regional trains to Baden Baden and then road substitutes to Karlsruhe," SNCF said in a statement.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on August 13, 2017 at 6:15pm

Four killed, six injured as building collpases in Imo

August 13
14:31 2017

Four persons were killed and six injured on Sunday when a three-storey building collapsed in Owerri, Imo state.

The incident occurred at 9 Egbu road, by fire service junction in the state capital.

Although state emergency management agency is yet to issue an official statement on the incident, reports have it that a “structural defect” led to the collapse.

The landlord, whom the state police command said is currently at large, allegedly added two more floors to the initial structure without approval from relevant agencies.

Chris Ezike, the state commissioner of police, said no arrest has been made.

Rescue efforts are still ongoing at the scene of the incident.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on August 10, 2017 at 7:36am


The road linking Eastgate and Primrose was immediately closed off early on Wednesday morning.

The N3 bridge that collapsed. Picture: Supplied.
Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on August 4, 2017 at 6:27am

Pavillion Collapses at John Pittard Elementary School

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