Port Vila, Vanuatu (PressExposure) August 17, 2009 -- If a butterfly flaps its wings in Beijing and a plane falls from the sky in New York, who is sneezing where, to make multi-storey buildings collapse in Asia?
First there came the collapse of the 13-floor Lotus Riverside apartment building in Minhang, Shanghai, China. Fortunately the building fell down before anyone had occupied it. The building's foundations were being excavated to make room for a garage. The developerâs company has been shut down pending a government inquiry.
Prospective home buyers are now demonstrating against the small amount of payout they have received.
In the residential area in Minhang, the No. 9 building complex of Zhongxiang Longbowan has been slowly sinking for the past month. The rear of the building has risen almost 2.5 cm above the ground, while the remainder of the building has sunk almost 10 cm. This is an increase of 6 cm in only one month. There are residents still living in the building. Even though the situation has been reported to the authorities, no one appears to be doing anything about the problem.
Then a five storied building toppled into raging flood waters in the Taitung country. This followed the deadly Typhoon Morakot, which hit Taiwan, causing a mudslide that buried an entire village, while the inhabitants were sleeping. Approximately 4 - 600 people are still missing. "A part of the mountain above us just fell on the village", said one shocked survivor.
Taiwan has experienced the worst flooding in 50 years, after Typhoon Morakot dumped up to 80 inches of rain over the weekend. Waves reached heights of 26 feet and more than 2,000 houses collapsed.
Typhoon Morakot swept on into China, where it caused the evacuation of nearly 1 million people. Typhoon Morakot had already killed 22 people in the Philippines before slamming into Taiwan. Five apartment buildings collapsed in China, as a result of Tyhpoon Morakot.
Further north Japan was slammed with Tyhpoon Etau, killing 12 people, with 10 still missing.
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