English 中文网 漫画网 爱新闻iNews 翻译论坛
当前位置: Language Tips> 天天读报> 每日播报

Toppled block held up by iron wires

[ 2009-10-26 10:42]     字号 [] [] []  
免费订阅30天China Daily双语新闻手机报:移动用户编辑短信CD至106580009009


Residents living next to a six-story apartment block that collapsed in Central China's Wuhan claim the building was held together by "steel supports as thin as iron wires".

The block had been under construction in Xinzhou, an old district of the Hubei provincial capital. It toppled at about 9 pm on Friday.

No casualties were reported. A joint investigation team established by the district's work safety and urban management bureaus has been set up to investigate, said a local police officer surnamed Gong.

Results from the probe could be released this week, said Gong, who is helping with the investigation.

The building owner, surnamed Zhang, did not get approval for the project from the local land planning bureau, and received two suspension notices prior to the collapse, the local Changjiang Daily reported yesterday.

Poor-quality materials and construction were to blame for the incident, the newspaper reported.

"The steel bars exposed are as thin as iron wires," said a man surnamed Zhang, whose home is 100 m from the site. "If the accident had happened during the day, who knows how many people would have been injured or killed?"

He said many residents had rushed out of their homes after the collapse fearing the noise was an earthquake.

The building is in an old neighborhood and only narrow passageways separate the houses.

One resident surnamed Yu, whose house is close to the collapsed building, said the incident had badly damaged his kitchen and severed electricity supply cables. The building had been under construction for two months, he said.

It's not the only building to collapse in China this year.

A 13-story residential building under construction in Shanghai's suburban Minhang district fell over on June 27, killing a migrant worker from Anhui province.

Investigators found that mud piled against one side of the building and excavation for an underground car park on the other toppled the 13-story structure.

It led to experts and citizens to call for better supervision of developers and construction firms.

(英语点津 Helen 编辑)

Toppled block held up by iron wires

About the broadcaster:

Toppled block held up by iron wires

Nancy Matos is a foreign expert at China Daily Website. Born and raised in Vancouver, Canada, Nancy is a graduate of the Broadcast Journalism and Media program at the British Columbia Institute of Technology. Her journalism career in broadcast and print has taken her around the world from New York to Portugal and now Beijing. Nancy is happy to make the move to China and join the China Daily team.