Roof collapses at Hong Kong’s City University sports hall

The roof of a sports hall at a university in Hong Kong collapsed on Friday, injuring three people.

The top of the hall at City University caved in at around 14:30 local time (06:30 GMT) over an area of 900 sq m (320 sq ft), police say.

Eyewitnesses say the collapse, which occurred above the hall’s badminton facilities, sounded like an explosion.

Such accidents are unusual in Hong Kong, where safety standards are generally high.

Rescuers search for casualties after the grass-covered roof of an indoor hall at a City University sports centre collapsed in Hong Kong
Rescuers search for casualties after the 900-square-metre grass-covered roof of an indoor hall at a City University sports centre collapsed in Hong Kong

Venkat Saraenji, a student at the university, told the South China Morning Post the collapse had been “quite loud” and could be heard for “20 seconds”.

“Someone ran out of it and screamed, ‘explosion, explosion’,” he said. “The exam season was over, otherwise it would have been full of students…”

Two men and a woman were taken to hospital, a police spokeswoman told the BBC.

In a statement, the university said: “To the best of our knowledge at this time, no other persons were trapped inside the hall and the prime focus now is to ensure that the facility is safe.”

Police are investigating the incident.

Two firefighters walk through the debris of the collapsed section of a building at the City University
A view of the fallen roof

 

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