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Building collapsed due to poor structure
The Dubai Municipality said the structure of a building that collapsed in Deira “was found to be weak.”
September 8, 2009 12:35 by Dana El Baltaji
Poor structure and the use of improper building materials led to the collapse of a building in Deira in August, the Dubai Municipality revealed on Monday.
“There were faults found in all three of the categories,” Hussain Lootah, director general of Dubai Municipality told UAE daily Gulf News. “There was an engineering fault, misuse of building materials, and the structure of the building was found to be weak. That is evident from the fact that the building collapsed on itself from its middle.”
The six-storey building, located close to the Ramada Continental Hotel, collapsed at 3.30pm on August 16. Workers escaped the building when they heard crackling noises coming from the walls. No one was hurt.
The municipality set up a committee to investigate the reasons for the collapse. The report will be released after the Executive Council views it, Lootah said.
He added that the building next to the collapsed building will be demolished due to structural damage caused by the incident.
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