Nearly Complete 13-Story Building Falls in Shanghai, One Worker Dead

James Pomfret reports for Reuters:

A 13-storey residential building under construction in Shanghai collapsed Saturday, killing one worker and highlighting the dangers of shoddy building in fast-urbanising China.

The building, in the outskirts of the city, collapsed at around 6 a.m. (6 p.m. ET) with one construction worker killed, the official Xinhua news agency reported.

The block of high-rise residential flats was shown toppled onto its side in a muddy construction site, in footage from Hong Kong’s Cable Television. Exposed pilings stood in the remains of the building’s foundations.

A nearly-finished 13-storey building in Shanghai lies on its side after tipping over, foundations exposed (Reuters).

A nearly-finished 13-storey building in Shanghai lies on its side after tipping over, foundations exposed (Reuters).

See also the Times of India for more photos.

June 27, 2009 2:05 PM
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