Beijing China

Subway Cave-in

On Wednesday morning the underground subway station, which was under construction, next to my hotel (in Haidian district) collapsed trapping six migrant workers who have still not been recovered as of today (Friday). Instead of alerting the rescue authorities the contractor apparently tried to cover it up by sealing the site and confiscating remaining workers mobile phones, only reporting the incident 8 hours later.

Beijing Subway Collapse

Experts fear there is little chance that those trapped have survived and although there will no doubt be an investigation it calls into question again whether safety is being sacrificed in order to speed up construction in time for the 2008 Olympics. Beijing plans to add 84 km of new subway lines by August next year.

Beijing Subway Collapse

The Beijing organizing committee for the 2008 Games said recently that none of the tens of thousands of workers had died during the construction of Olympic venues.” This says just about everything you need to know about the transparency of the CPC, let alone the callousness of the constructors.

China Subway Collapse

Photos from AP.

Originally from the UK, David is designer and wanderer currently based in Tokyo. Prior to this, he lived in China and still returns frequently to continue exploring this vast and varied land. He started Randomwire in 2003 to chronicle his travels and occasional musings. Feel free to drop him a line.

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  1. hi, just googled here and took a look.
    nice and neat place pictures from my home.
    tja, wish to see more about china =)
    i will read your entries lateron.
    all the best.

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