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Shanghai holds 9 linked with building collapse

Shanghai holds 9 linked with building collapse

Shanghai authorities are holding nine people in an investigation into why a nearly finished 13-story apartment building collapsed, prompting the city to order safety checks at other construction sites, the city government said Monday.
Meanwhile, rescuers were searching a river in northeast China after part of a road bridge caved in early Monday, sending vehicles plunging into the water below.
Rescuers had saved all of the 16 drivers and passengers on seven vehicles that fell into the river in Tieli, a city in Heilongjiang province, Tieli's mayor, Zhang Yang, told state-run China Central Television in a nationwide broadcast.
Zhang said the bridge, built in 1973 and repaired in 1997, fell in because of a truck overloaded with construction materials, but that the river was relatively shallow.
China's construction sector has long been plagued with quality problems. Massive casualties among students whose school buildings collapsed during last year's catastrophic earthquake in Sichuan province raised complaints from parents and others who accused builders of cutting corners to boost profits.
The building at Shanghai's "Lotus Riverside" apartment complex toppled over almost intact Saturday morning, killing one worker.
Reports on the city government's Web site said nine employees of the real estate developer, the contractor and the supervisor for the project had been put "under control" and the developer's bank account was frozen, as home buyers demanded their money back.
"Buyers' money is safe," the city's Minhang district said in a statement.
The city issued a notice requiring work safety checks at all construction projects in the city, with top officials warning of severe punishment for those responsible for the building's collapse.
Initial investigations found that the Lotus Riverside building fell over after workers dug underneath it to put in an underground garage.
Earth removed from under the building and dumped in a landfill area nearby had caused the bank of the river next to the complex to collapse, the state-run newspaper Shanghai Daily reported.
Lotus Riverside has 11 13-story apartment buildings, and units in the building that collapsed had sold for 14,297 yuan (about $2,100) a square meter, it said.


Updated : 2021-03-06 23:44 GMT+08:00