Thai building collapse death toll rises to 14

Thai rescue workers use cranes to search for trapped people after a six-storey building under construction collapsed in Pathum Thani province on Aug12, 2014. Thai police on Wednesday said up to 16 people were believed to have died when a building caved in during construction, as they issued arrest warrants for several people behind the project. — PHOTO: AFP

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5-story building collapses in Sao Paulo suburb

Brazil Building Collapse

Firefighters search in the the rubble of a collapsed building in Guarulhos, outskirt of Sao Paulo, Brazil, Monday, Dec. 2, 2013. Firefighters said it was not yet clear what caused the building to fall. The collapse comes just days after a deadly accident at a Sao Paulo stadium that is slated to host the opening game of next year’s World Cup. A crane collapsed Wednesday at the Arena Corinthians, killing two construction workers and sparking questions about Brazil’s readiness to host the soccer tournament.(AP Photo/Andre Penner)

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Mumbai: 5-Story Building Collapses, Many Likely Trapped

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By , Epoch Times | September 26, 2013

A five-story building in Mumbai, India, on Friday morning local time, according to reports. Some reports said it was a four-story building.

NDTV reported that the building is located near Dockyard Road.

It said the building collapsed at 6:25 a.m.

Many people are feared trapped under the rubble.

IBN Live reported that the building was a residential one.

Explosion Levels South Philadelphia Home, 6 Hurt


A South Philadelphia row home collapsed Monday morning, after what neighbors describe as an explosion.

At least six people have been rushed to the hospital, including 4 adults, a 15-year-old and an infant.

Additional rescue units have been called to the scene in the 400 block of Daly Street.

Laura McColgan lives around the corner when the house came down.

“I was upstairs brushing my teeth. I heard a very loud noise. Not being sure what it was, I came downstairs and went out my back door,” McColgan said. “I went outside and saw everyone running around the corner. I saw the building down, saw the smoke and smelled the horrible smell of gas as well.”

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Bangladesh Rana Plaza factory collapse toll passes 600

More than 600 bodies have been pulled from the rubble of a Bangladeshi clothing factory complex that collapsed last week, police say.

Dozens more bodies were retrieved from the ruined eight-storey Rana Plaza on Sunday.

A woman is comforted after identifying the body of her daughter, a victim of the garment factory collapse in Savar, near Dhaka, Bangladesh, 5 May 2013 Victims’ relatives grieved as more bodies were retrieved from the collapsed complex and identified on Sunday


Bangladesh’s worst industrial disaster has sparked nationwide anger.

A preliminary government investigation said this week vibrations from four generators on the upper floors triggered the collapse.

Main Uddin Khandaker, head of a government inquiry team, said the generators started up after a power cut, sending powerful vibrations throughout the building, which – together with the vibration of thousands of sewing machines – triggered the collapse.

The building had been constructed with weak materials, such as sub-standard steel rods, Mr Khandaker added, which meant it could not withstand the vibrations.

The architect of the building has said it was designed to house shops and offices rather than factories or industrial equipment, and that three floors had been illegally added to the original building.

Daily protests

On Sunday evening, police working at the site of the collapse in Savar, outside the capital Dhaka, put the death toll at 610.

But they would not say how many more bodies were likely to be recovered from the area.

Nine people have been arrested in connection with the collapse: the building’s owner Mohammed Sohel Rana, his father Abdul Khalek, four owners of garment factories that operated inside the building, and three engineers.

Factory workers have held daily protests demanding improved safety regulations and calling for tough punishments for those responsible for the disaster.

But Bangladeshi Finance Minister Abul Maal Abdul Muhith said on Friday he did not think the collapse would have a “really serious” impact on the country’s garment industry.

Steps had taken to prevent future accidents, he added.

Bangladesh has one of the largest garment industries in the world, with factories supplying Western retailers such as Primark in the UK and Italy’s United Colours of Benetton.

The EU has said it is considering “appropriate action” to encourage an improvement in working conditions in Bangladesh’s factories, including the use of its trade preference system, which gives Bangladesh duty- and quota-free access to markets in member states.



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Building collapses in northern France, two dead

PARIS: Part of a five-storey residential building collapsed in the centre of the northeastern French city of Reims on Sunday, killing two people and injuring at least 10, officials said.

Firemen are at work near the collapsed section of an apartment building on April 28,  2013 in Reims, eastern France, after a suspected gas explosion killed at least two people and injured nine others. —Photo AFP

Firemen are at work near the collapsed section of an apartment building on April 28, 2013 in Reims, eastern France, after a suspected gas explosion killed at least two people and injured nine others. —Photo AFP


The collapse, which left several apartments dangling in open air, may have been caused by a gas explosion and investigations were continuing, regional official Michel Bernard told BFM-TV.

The casualty toll was provisional and could rise, he said.

Around 10 of the 40 apartments in the 1960s-era building were affected by the 11.15 a.m. (0915 GMT) collapse.

“There is a lot of rubble to clear,” he said.


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