Wall collapses killing eight in Indonesia

Last Updated: Sunday, December 4, 2011 - 20:48

Makassar: Eight people were killed on Sunday
after a high wall collapsed on a residential estate in
Indonesia`s Sulawesi island, police said.

"Eight bodies were pulled out from the rubble. Eight
other people were injured and sent to hospital," provincial
police official Abdul Rahman told reporters.

He was however unable to say how many people were missing
after the seven-metre-high concrete wall collapsed on several
houses in an estate in South Sulawesi`s provincial capital of
Makassar, burying people underneath.

The cause of the incident was unclear, but resident Daeng
Tojen said "it had been raining heavily since yesterday".

Indonesia is setting a blistering pace of growth,
expected to top six percent this year, but investors complain
infrastructure is hopelessly inadequate and that the nation is
mired in corruption and red tape.

In November, 21 people were killed after a 720-metre-long
bridge -- built to resemble San Francisco`s Golden Gate --
collapsed over the Mahakam river in East Kalimantan province.
Landslides usually triggered by heavy rain are a major
killer in Indonesia, which is currently being slashed by
monsoon downpours and widespread flooding.

PTI



First Published: Sunday, December 4, 2011 - 20:48

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