An old building in Hung Hom collapsed suddenly this afternoon. It is not far from where I live. And very close to where my wife lived as a child. Those of us who live in Hong Kong have probably seen and heard a lot about it. Here are some photographs for my friends overseas.
This is the south end of the section of street, looking north. The collapsed building is of the same type and age of the buildings on the right (east) side of the street. They are about 55 years old. 18 buildings in a row. The collapsed building is the last one at the north.
Some heavy equipment is being used in excavation. Three persons have been found dead so far. Two are still missing.
This is the north end of that section of street. The collapsed building should have been standing behind the yellow dump truck.
The collapse ripped gaping holes in the building next to it. The collapsed building shared a staircase with the next building. The staircase has collapsed with the building, leaving the next building without access, and in grave danger of falling down as well. The residents have been evacuated. Many of them through the windows by firemen.
The top flight of stairs is still attached to the next building, hanging in mid-air. Some said the collapse was caused by the damage done to the building by the removal of unauthorized additions to the collapsed building in the past 2 days. Others blame construction work near the foundations of the collapsed building. The truth has yet to be determined.
The whole thing is very scary.