Building in Wellawatte collapses

Published : 8:26 am  May 19, 2017 | No comments so far |  |  (1107) reads | 



By Thilanka Kanakarathna   1
One person succumbed to his injuries while 22 others were injured when a partially constructed five-storey building collapsed in Wellawatte yesterday.   


The police said part of the building, located behind the Savoy Cinema, had collapsed and landed in a nearby canal.  

Fourteen of the injured were admitted to the Colombo South Teaching Hospital while eight others were admitted to the Colombo National Hospital. One of them was later discharged after receiving OPD treatment.   Police said the heavy showers had hindered rescue operations with the likelihood of the entire building collapsing also a possibility.   Police were assisted in their rescue efforts by personnel from the fire brigade, the Army, the Air Force and the Special Task Force.   The final victim, a construction worker, who was rescued late last night, succumbed to his injuries after being admitted to the Colombo National Hospital.  

The identity of the deceased was not known at the time the edition went to print.   

The building, which is said to be owned by a businessman, included a car park and a reception hall. It was reported that the building had quality standard issues and there had been complaints made to the owner of cement blocks falling from the building.   Police suspect that the proper quality standards had not been maintained when adding more floors to the structure which they say could have resulted in the building collapsing as it did.