Unfinished Hotel in Chiang Rai Collapses after being Hit by Earthquake and Aftershocks

 | Wed 14 May 2014 13:45 ICT

CityNews – The third floor of a six-storey hotel building collapsed on May 13th. No one suffered serious injuries.

Around 9:30 p.m. Chiang Rai Police were informed about an accident at involving a construction worker at a hotel building on Phahonyothin Road in Tambon Mae Korn, Amphur Muang Chiang Rai. The construction worker, Pranom Khantanit (40), suffered minor injuries, and a panic attack. He was taken to hospital.

Pisit Rheanthong (51), site superintendent, told reporters that the building is 40% finished and is expected to be completed next year. It is going to be a hotel (currently unnamed) with six floors and 78 rooms. The construction workers were pouring concrete on the third floor when its supporting steel beams fell down causing the partially finished floor to collapse. Pisit also said that the project engineers and civil engineers have confirmed that the support beams were structurally able to support the floor’s weight. They think the earthquake and the aftershock may have moved the beams from their original locations.

Chiang Rai Police commander Pol.Maj.Gen. Wanchai Suwansirikhet inspected the construction site and interviewed the workers. He also coordinated with a local governing organisation who is overseeing the project to further investigate the incident. The work site if now close until further notice.

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