Construction Site Collapses in Gwangju, 6 Missing

The Gwangju Metropolitan government officials ordered the temporary closure on all construction sites run by Hyundai Development Co. (HDC), following the partial collapse of a high-rise apartment building under construction which left six workers missing.

“We will cooperate with the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, and Transpiration, along with the National Police Agency to discover the cause of the accident, and pursue administrative and legal actions against whoever is responsible,” Head of the city’s Civil Safety Office Park Nam-eon said

Park added that the priority is to locate the missing workers and vowed to allocate all resources.

Officials said the company employed 394 workers at the construction site, including the missing six.  

The collapse destroyed at least ten vehicles parked below and forced emergency officials to evacuate 109 families and around 90 shops in nearby buildings. 

Meanwhile, Korean President Moon Jae-in urged officials to conduct a “thorough investigation on the underlying reasons behind the recent series of accidents.”

Mayor Lee Yong-seop would also be heading the emergency team for preventive measures to conduct citywide inspections of all construction sites. 

In June last year, a building in Gwangju’s Hak-dong area collapsed on top of a bus, leaving nine dead and eight injured.

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