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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 6, 2019 at 5:01am

3 dead, 5 critically injured in walkway collapse at school in South Africa

The incident happened in Vanderbijlpark, about 40 miles from Johannesburg.

Three teenagers have died and five more were listed in critical condition after a bridge linking classrooms at a school collapsed.

The incident occurred in Vanderbijlpark, a city about 40 miles south of Johannesburg.

Panyaza Lesufi, the head of the Gauteng Province Education Department, told ABC News that 26 other schoolchildren were injured when the walkway collapsed.

"We've shut down the school until further notice to investigate how this could have happened," Lesufi said.

Lesufi also extended his condolences to the families of the deceased pupils, who ranged in age from 14 to 17.

Three of the critically injured students were airlifted to the hospital, a spokesperson for Netcare 911, an emergency response company, told ABC News.

The cause of the collapse remains under investigation, authorities said.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on January 24, 2019 at 5:51am

Historic Packard Plant bridge collapses in Detroit

Updated 8:42 p.m. ET Jan. 23, 2019

The Packard Plant's famous bridge over East Grand Boulevard in Detroit collapsed Wednesday afternoon, covering the roadway that cuts through the iconic ruin with debris.

No one was injured when the bridge fell at about 3 p.m. Detroit Police quickly moved to cordon off the street.

The Packard Plant bridge, which once housed an assembly line, featured a long-broken clock and was a recurring image in photography books about urban ruins.

It had been off-limits to tour groups in recent years amid concerns for its structural integrity. A graphic covering that depicted the bridge as it looked in the 20th Century was placed over the structure in spring 2015.

Most of the Packard Plant is owned by Spanish-born developer Fernando Palazuelo, who is gradually moving forward with a site redevelopment plan. 

Attorney Joe Kopietz, a spokesman for Palazuelo's company Arte Express Detroit, said Wednesday that Palazuelo hopes to see the bridge reconstructed in the future.

Kopietz said he did not know the precise cause of the collapse, but suspects that recent temperature swings between thawing and freezing had a role.

One challenge going forward, he said, is that the City of Detroit still holds title to half the bridge and the building directly south of it. City officials turned down past offers by Arte Express to buy that parcel, he said, which has slowed the pace of redevelopment.

Kopietz said the initial phase of the Packard Plant's redevelopment is focused on reopening the car company's administration building — just north of the now-collapsed bridge — as commercial space. However, that completion date will likely change to fall 2020 rather than this year, he said. 

The Albert Kahn-designed auto plant opened in 1903 and built its last Packard car in the 1950s. It lost most of its remaining industrial tenants in the 1990s, a period when the crumbling factory grounds became known for hosting lively rave parties.

The brick-and-concrete bridge was about 150 feet long and 35 feet wide. It spanned the boulevard one story above the roadway.

Inspectors from the city's Buildings, Safety Engineering and Environmental Department and the Detroit Building Authority were on the scene after the collapse.

City officials said late Wednesday that crews from BlueStar demolition are expected to begin work Thursday morning removing the debris and separating what remains of the bridge from the buildings on either side. 

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on January 15, 2019 at 11:01pm


Roof collapse kills 21 people at Chinese coal mine

A total of 21 people have been killed following the collapse of a roof at a coal mine in the Shaanxi province of northern China.

Close to 90 people were working underground in the mine when the accident happened on Saturday afternoon, reported state-run news agency Xinhua.

Initially, 19 miners were reported to have died, but rescuers found two more bodies trapped inside the mine on Sunday.

Meanwhile, 66 miners were airlifted to safety from the mine, which is operated by Baiji Mining. Authorities are investigating the cause of the accident.

Accidents are frequent in the country’s mining industry, where the safety record is poor despite the government’s efforts to improve miners’ working conditions and actions to curb operations of illegal mines.

In December 2018, seven miners were killed and three were injured in an accident at a coal mine in the south western part of China.

In October, 21 miners were killed following a pressure inside a mine at Shandong province that caused breaking of rocks, which ultimately led to tunnel blockage and trapping of workers. One miner was rescued alive in this accident.

China’s National Coal Mine Safety Administration reported 375 deaths in coal mining accidents in 2017, which is reduction of 28.7% from 2016.

“19 miners were reported to have died, but rescuers found two more bodies trapped inside the mine on Sunday.”

At a coalmine safety conference held in January 2018, the administration said that despite improvements, “the situation of coal mine safety production is still grim”.

China is the largest coal producer in the world. Its production of raw coal in November 2018 grew 4.5% to 320 million tonnes from the corresponding period of the earlier year.

In the first 11 months of 2018, the coal production increased 5.4% to 3.21 billion tonnes as against the same period of 2017, reported Xinhua.

In November 2018, China witnessed a 13.1% decline in imports year-on-year as against an 8.5% growth in October 2018.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on January 4, 2019 at 6:48am

Partial bridge collapse closes Schuylkill River Trail section

EAST VINCENT — A bridge over the Schuylkill River Trail west of Spring City has partially collapsed. 

It has forced the closure of the popular trail between mile markers 34 and 34.25 according to a sign warning of the closure where the trail crosses Old Schuylkill Road in the Parker Ford section of the township.

The bridge carries the unused Dairy Road over the trail, which is built on a former railroad bed.

Dairy Road is part of the former Pennhurst Asylum property next to the Southeast Veterans Center.

While most of the bridge remains up, a steel side rail has collapsed onto the trail.

The collapse and resulting trail closure was announced on the website of the Schuylkill Greenways National Heritage Area which maintains the trail, but no further information was provided.

Attempts to reach Greenway officials Wednesday evening for comment and further information about the structural integrity of the bridge were unsuccessful.

About 10 miles of the Schuylkill River Trail are planned for Chester County, from Phoenixville to Pottstown.

However, the section between Parker Ford and Pottstown has not yet been built and only about six miles from the Cromby power station to Parker Ford opened in 2013.

With the completion of a trail section on the new Route 422 bridge over the river, between Chester and Montgomery counties, the connection to Pottstown is prepared.

Current plans call for the section of trail to be completed by 2020.

When completed, the trail is planned to stretch 100 miles from Philadelphia to the river's headwaters in Pottsville, Schuylkill County.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on December 31, 2018 at 11:03pm

Several feared dead as Wanderer Mine collapses

December 31, 2018

Several illegal gold panners are feared dead after the collapse of a mine shaft at Wanderer Mine in Shurugwi

The number of people trapped inside is not known but police and experts are on the ground carrying out investigations.

It is a treasure trove of gold and at any given time they are thousands of fortune hunters who are underground looking for the precious mineral.

It is, however, not clear whether they were illegal miners underground when Wanderer Mine curved in engulfing a road and the foot of a nearby mountain.

Some illegal miners who were at the scene said the mine had given them a warning prior to its collapse and they had managed to vacate before the disaster struck.

Those who managed to escape did not rule out the possibility that some people could still be trapped underground.

Midlands Provincial Affairs Minister Senator Larry Mavhima expressed shock and regret over the incident saying a team of experts is on the ground to ascertain the cause of the mine collapse.

In a telephone interview with the ZBC a mining expert said the mine could have collapsed due to illegal miners who are destroying remnant pillars that give stability to the mine.

He said when German miners were still running the mine the same area popularly known as Wafa Wafa Massive collapsed and claimed more than 50 people whose remains were never retrieved.

He said illegal miners have no capacity to do proper mining and as a result they go for underground pillars creating instability that might have resulted in the mine curving in.

Meanwhile, efforts to get a comment from the provincial mines director were fruitless.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on December 31, 2018 at 7:56pm

Another Bridge collapses due to heavy rains

Manga Bridge which connects Chama South in Muchinga Province to the rest of the country has collapsed due to heavy rains.

Chama South Member of Parliament Davison Mungandu says the bridge collapsed yesterday in the morning.

Mr. Mungandu is appealing to government to visit the site, assess the situation and put in mitigation measures.

He further says there is need for an ambulance that can be used in case of emergencies.

Mr. Mungandu further says Chama South has had a lot of floods and two lives have been lost so far.

The Chama lawmaker has also thanked government for providing one hundred tons of relief maize to the district through the Disaster Management and Mitigation Unit.

He is however appealing for more relief food and seed for people to replant because some fields have been washed away by the heavy rains.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on December 30, 2018 at 5:45pm

Mumbai, Dec 30 (PTI) Eight people were Sunday injured when a bridge collapsed near Mahabaleshwar in Satara district of Maharashtra, police said.

Eight hurt in Maha bridge collapse

Published: December 30, 2018 4:18 PM IST

Mumbai, Dec 30 (PTI) Eight people were Sunday injured when a bridge collapsed near Mahabaleshwar in Satara district of Maharashtra, police said.

The incident occurred at around 12:45 PM in Kharoshi village under Meedha police station limits in the western Maharashtra district, around 260 kms from here, they said.

Further details are awaited

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on December 13, 2018 at 6:06am

Torrential Rain Washes Out Bridges in West Sumatra

Torrential rain brought flooding and damaged several bridges in Padang Pariaman Regency in Indonesia’s West Sumatra province on Monday, December 10, Antara news agency reported. The bridge collapse in Kayu Tanam effectively paralysed the primary transport route between the two main cities of West Sumatra province – Padang, the provincial capital, and Bukittinggi. Budi Mulya, the head of the regional disaster management agency at Padang Pariaman Regency, told Indonesian news website Detik that a total of five bridges were damaged. This video, shared by the West Sumatra traffic police, shows the level of damage sustained by the Kayu Tanam bridge.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on December 3, 2018 at 2:07am

Workers Escape Rice Mill Collapse, Fire

Posted: Dec 01, 2018 10:55 PM CST

STUTTGART, Ark. (KNWA) - Crews are trying to figure out what caused part of the rice capital building in Stuttgart to collapse and then catch fire. 

"The mill can be rebuilt but a person's life cannot be," said employee.

Reflecting on the damage that could have been much worse. 

"Very blessed that none of us were hurt," said employee.

One of Stuttgart's oldest rice mills lost to its age.  

What used to be doors, now look like windows exposing the singed remains eight employees escaped from at rice capital.

 "Heard it cracking and all of a sudden the roof fell in," said employee.

This man who asked us to hide his identity was working inside Friday when the building collapsed.

"We were aware of it eventually it was going to happen.The timbers in there are very old and they eventually start to split and crack," said employee.

Firefighters believe what came down with the walls sparked another problem

"Probably pulled the power line down and started the fire," said Stuggart Fire Chief Jimmy Cason.

Pictures show the flames spreading through the wreckage taking hours to put it out

"Due to the collapse we couldn't really get to the fire so we had to really improvise for a lot of it," said Chief Cason.

With the mill destroyed employees are already focusing on rebuilding 

"It'll take a minute to get it back together but it will come back together."

A chance he's not taking for granted

"We all made it out together."

The mill recently renovated another building on the property.

An employee said the goal right now is to move what work they can to that building.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on November 23, 2018 at 11:56pm

Seven storey building collapses in Rivers

November 23, 2018

A seven story building under construction has collapsed in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital.

The building which collapsed around 7 PM had several persons suspected to be workers trapped under the rubbles.

The Rivers State Government who confirmed the story in a statement by the State Commissioner for Information and Communications, Emma Okah said some persons have been rescued alive.

He said, “I can confirm that a multiple story building under construction at Woji Road, GRA Phase 2 (opposite De Planet Lounge), Port Harcourt, Rivers State, has collapsed”.

“Cause of collapse is still speculative, but Rivers State government has since activated all emergency services to rescue those trapped in the debris. As of now, about 11 persons have been rescued alive, while efforts are intensified to rescue the rest.”

Confirming the incident, Rivers State Police command Spokesman Nnamdi Omoni said no dead body had been gotten from the collapsed building.

He said, “It is true that a seven story building under construction collapsed at the GRA area of Port Harcourt. The police and other security agencies have taken over the place to forestall any breakdown of law at the area”.

“we cannot ascertain at this point if those still under the collapsed building are dead, but our men have taken over the place to ensure everyone trapped under the building were rescued alive.

“Some have been rescued and efforts are still on to rescue others. Pay-loaders from the State government, Nigerian Stop Oil Company and that of SHELL have been deployed to the place to ensure those trapped in the building are successfully rescued as soon as possible.”

“For now, it is too early to predict or how many persons are dead since the rescue operation is still on going. We will release further details when the operation is over.

“Also the number of persons in the facility at the time of the collapse hasn’t been ascertained. Only when we know the number of persons at the site before we can begin to talk about the number of life lost in the incident.”

However, details of the project, including the owner and what the structure was meant to serve is yet to be ascertained.

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