Oh dear! Looks like the Year of the Dragon is not starting well for Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, just when they are gearing up for the soccer World Cup finals this year and the 2016 Olympics Games.
(The Guardian) - Three buildings collapsed on Wednesday night in the Brazilian city, killing at least two people with as many as 20 still missing. The buildings are thought to be commercial, and are located near the city's historic Teatro Municipal. One man described the incident as like watching the twin towers collapse on 9/11. More on The Guardian..Rio de Janeiro buildings collapse, leaving at least two dead
(Reuters) - Two buildings collapsed in downtown Rio de Janeiro on Wednesday, in the latest incident highlighting the failure of authorities to improve the city's infrastructure amid preparations to host soccer's World Cup and the Olympics.
Rescue crews pulled four people alive from the debris, with no dead bodies found by midnight, City Mayor Eduardo Paes told reporters at the site. More on Reuters..Two buildings collapse in Rio de Janeiro
(Wall Street Journal) - SÃO PAULO, Brazil—Brazilian investigators searched for clues Thursday to explain the deadly collapse of three buildings in downtown Rio de Janeiro the night before, which killed at least three people and left piles of rubble at the heart of a city preparing to host soccer's 2014 World Cup finals and the 2016 Olympic Games.
With plumes of dust still rising over the disaster scene, rescuers with dogs searched for some 18 people authorities say may be still trapped among the debris. Bulldozers scooped chunks of concrete to be carried away by dump trucks.
The collapse occurred after 8:30 p.m. Wednesday in the city center, adjacent to the Municipal Theater—the nearly century-old beaux-art-styled building where U.S. President Barack Obama addressed Brazil's elites during a visit last year. More on Wall Street Journal..Buildings Collapse in Rio de Janeiro, Killing Three