An apartment building in Zhengzhou was torn down yesterday while the occupants lay sleeping inside, having not received any prior notice of the impending demolition.
According to NetEase, the demolition happened at around 9:20 a.m. in a village called Yangzhuang. Unaware of the approaching excavators, three young men were struck to the head by falling debris. One of them also broke his foot during the incident.
The three men were subsequently taken to hospital for treatment. “We were sleeping when a brick fell on my right foot. My roommates were also injured,” said Xiao Mu, one of the injured. “They demolished it without giving us any notice. What if someone had died?”
“My husband and I live on the ground floor. Fortunately, we went out to do some shopping early in the morning. Otherwise we would have died amid the demolition. It’s so terrifying,” said an elderly landlady surnamed Xu. “It was fortunate that when it happened, four of the houses were empty.”
Shortly after the incident, police arrived at the site and took the operator of the excavator away for questioning.
By Lucy Liu
[Images via NetEase]