Global & Disaster Medicine

Archive for the ‘Structural’ Category

The Grenfell Tower blaze: “The 13th-richest in the world, and our highest ladder only goes up 30 meters.”

NY Times

At least 22 people were killed and another 26 injured when a wall collapsed during a wedding party in northern India.



At least 188,000 people remain under evacuation orders after Northern California authorities warned an emergency spillway in the country’s tallest dam was in danger of failing Sunday and unleashing uncontrolled flood waters on towns below.


  • About 150 miles northeast of San Francisco
  • Lake Oroville is one of California’s largest man-made lakes
  • The 770-foot-tall Oroville Dam is the nation’s tallest.


Roads leading out of Oroville, Calif., were jammed with traffic Sunday evening as people evacuated the area due to the possibility of failure of the alternate spillway at Oroville Dam.

USA Today

“….California Department of Water Resources officials had decided to use the emergency spillway to take pressure off the dam’s regular spillway, which developed a giant crater last week, Redding (Calif.) Record Searchlight reported. That crater had been growing daily, so to take pressure off the spillway, the state began using the emergency spillway, but that also became compromised….”


Iran: A high-rise in Tehran caught fire and collapsed Thursday in a giant cloud of smoke, killing at least 50 firefighters.

LA Times


Metal girders and the roof of a crowded church collapsed onto worshippers in southern Nigeria, killing at least 160 people

NY Daily News

NIgeria: The roof of a crowded church collapsed onto worshippers on Saturday, killing at least 60 people

Washington Post

“….Hundreds of people….were inside when metal girders crashed onto worshippers and the corrugated iron roof caved in….”



A blast at a power plant in central China killed at least 21 people and injured five on Thursday




NBC News

India: A flyover under construction collapsed in North Kolkata, killing at least 15 and trapping 150 more under the debris.





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