By Tom Bannister
The top floors of an office block in central Shanghai collapsed in the early hours of Sunday morning. The building was the ‘Sichuan Building’ situated at the junctions of Yan’an East road and Sichuan road, close to the Bund. The collapse spread debris onto the streets, causing traffic problems, but no-one was seriously injured.
Officials said that both roads were still closed off but should be opened by Sunday evening. They also speculated about the cause of the collapse saying that building was currently being re-decorated and that police and safety administrators were looking into the cause.
When reporters spoke to residents, some said that they had thought the collapse was an earthquake. One surprised local said: “this building is several decades old, how can it suddenly just fall down one night? It was lucky that it didn’t fall on anyone.”
Footage of the aftermath: