A Building On The Verge of Collapse

Saturday, September 05 2009 @ 02:13 pm EDT

Contributed by: Don Winner

By Enrique L. Brathwaite for Mi Diario - It was observed that too much land was removed from the base of the Plaza Lourdes building. The construction work adjacent to the Plaza Lourdes building, located on Calle 71 BIS in the Carrasquilla neighborhood of San Francisco, came close to causing an accident. Yesterday afternoon rains accelerated the landslide near a wall being built in what will eventually be the basement of the Sunflower Tower. Apparently, the bad underpinnings of this structure caused the wall of the terrace of one of the apartments on the ground floor of the Plaza Lourdes building, home to some 60 families, to collapse. As expected, the situation caused panic for all of the residents of the building, who were evacuated as night fell to allow for a whole series of studies to be conducted to assess the condition of the structure and to determine if it is safe to be inhabited. A Warning Had Been Given - The owner of the apartment hit by the collapse said she warned the people in charge of the Sunflower Tower project that they were removing too much land from the base of the building and that would cause what happened yesterday. Authorities from the National Civil Protection System (SINAPROC) validated the need to evacuate the families as they develop the necessary investigations.

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