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11 Workers Dead in Maoming Bridge Collapse on Labor Day Holiday UPDATED

Posted: 05/4/2014 10:33 am

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UPDATE 1: Reports are coming in that revise the death toll from this incident to seven.

UPDATE 2: A total of six victims transported to hospital have succumbed to their injuries, raising the death toll to 11. Named to that list includes the foreman of the construction site reportedly responsible for the building of the bridge without government approval.

A 20-meter long bridge under construction near Maoming, Guangdong Province was the scene of a deadly incident yesterday when it suddenly collapsed and killed five workers, reported Guangdong Daily.

The collapse occurred yesterday afternoon at 1pm in the village of Liangping, Gaozhou City just as the annual Labor Day long weekend was concluding.

300 rescue personnel descended upon the scene, and by 7:30pm that evening, 26 people had been rescued, all workers of the bridge, of which eight were seriously injured.

The bridge under construction was to be a stone arch bridge, and whose construction is reported to have not taken the proper building procedures despite being authorized by the village itself.

In related news about collapsing structures, two people are dead and three injured when a three-story brick building collapsed early today in the Hongkou District of Shanghai.

Labor Day is the Chinese holiday in which the diligence and hard efforts made by manual labor are celebrated through giving workers time off from work.

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Photos: Weibo (Guangzhou DailyCaijing


Van plummets 20 metres after bridge collapse in Huizhou

Posted: 10/9/2013 11:00 am

This diver was sent from Guangzhou to investigate the cause, image courtesy of Nanfang Daily

We told you in August that Dongguan was set to rebuild 16 of its bridges. Now it appears it that it’s not the only city in the Pearl River Delta that needs to take a look at the safety of its bridges.

On Monday night (October 7), a couple drove a van drove across a bridge in Huidong County in Huizhou. It was dark, and they didn’t know the bridge had collapsed earlier in the day. As they were driving across, they hit a precipice and plunged 20 metres where the bridge had collapsed, Nanfang Daily reports.

The driver and passenger had to swim to the bank and were taken to hospital after emergency services were called.  Both are in a stable condition.

Now authorities are trying to figure out why the bridge had collapsed, and perhaps more importantly, how it could’ve been collapsed for so long without anybody securing the area.


Building collapses in Guangzhou killing four, netizens question building quality

Posted: 08/26/2012 10:57 am

Sina Weibo has been abuzz this weekend over photos of a building collapse in Haizhu District in Guangzhou.

The building, a fire brigade office, was under construction.  It collapsed on Saturday around noon, trapping seven people under the rubble.  In total, four people died and five more are seriously injured.

Police are now investigating.

It has been suggested that the construction of the fire station in Sanjiao Village on Guangzhou Road involved the use of too little cement or poor quality cement. Witnesses said they saw the roof start to slant and then collapse.

A survivor, identified as Lao Zhang, described climbing out of the building as soon as it collapsed, he suggested that the cause was the hasty construction of the building.

Guangzhou Party Secretary Wan Qingliang called for an investigation into the cause. Mayor Chen Jianhua called on local hospitals to do everything they can for the survivors, according to Nanfang Daily. Both men went to the scene of the accident to offer moral support to rescuers.

Users on Sina Weibo were critical of officials responsible for the building’s construction, claiming ‘idiots’ were behind the planning.  One also said “What is happening to China?”, referencing a fatal bridge collapse in Harbin that killed three last week.

Photos from Sina Weibo of the building collapse below.  You can see more footage of the rescue here.

(Thanks again to @MissXQ for the info). 


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