Monthly Archives: January 2012

Achrafieh building collapse: 27 killed, 12 injured


[Picture taken 7 hours ago of the site by Gino]

According to Interior Minister Marwan Charbel, the search operations were called off and the equipment were retrieved from the scene of the building collapse in Ashrafiyeh [Naharnet]. The final death toll rose to 27 people while 12 people were reported injured and no one is missing. This statement was given an hour ago.

As of 9 pm yesterday, the Red Cross reported 27 deaths, 12 injuries and 4 to 9 people were reported missing, all of Sudanese nationality. Why did the search stop if there are still people missing?

In other news, there are around 20,000 buildings risking collapse according to MP Mohammad Kabbani!! [Link]

Racist Lebanese

I overheard some people express their relief that a large number of residents were non-Lebanese in the building that collapsed. In fact, 10 Egyptians, 9 Sudanese and 2 Jordanians were reportedly living in that building.

When are we going to get rid of those sick mentalities?

We are all to blame …

What happened yesterday in Achrafieh was another tragic incident that showed the lack of responsibility of officials, the unpreparedness of the security forces and rescue teams but also the lack of accountability towards the people we vote for.

Everytime a building collapses, we are told that there were previous warnings and everyone knew. Take a walk around Achrafieh and most Lebanese areas and you will see there are tons of buildings that could collapse any second now.

Some are blaming the old buildings’ owners, others are pointing at the government, but the truth is Lebanese are becoming very negligent and taking a nonchalant and passive attitude towards all issues.

We cannot blame the building’s residents but had they been warned, why didn’t anyone take an initiative to move them out?

- Had the building owner warned local MPs, ministers, mayors and officials or even the media, I am sure someone would have reacted.

- If the buildings’ residents are poor and don’t have money, they or their families could have raised the issue to local MPs or municipalities and many NGOs and associations. They could have also helped them relocate. Unfortunately, one resident was moving out with the help of some family members but it was too late as the building collapsed.

I am not trying to point fingers at anyone here, but rather urge Lebanese to raise their voices whenever their lives are endangered and draw attention before it’s too late. There’s no use in yelling and cursing officials and politicians when the tragedy occurs as this will never bring back the dead.

Having said all that, I urge all building owners and residents to warn the authorities of any old or new building in a bad shape and make sure their voices are heard by all means possible because Lebanon is not ready for more tragedies like this one.

Last but not least, our prayers go to the victims’ families and to those still stuck under the rubble.

WTF MTV

I was just watching the live coverage of the 5 story collapse on MTV and I have to say the studio news anchor was incredibly annoying. She kept cutting people off and then when another news anchor was interviewing the head of the hospital where they had taken the injured to, she interrupted them abruptly telling them they had to stop because the news was about to start. THIS IS THE NEWS! What the hell are you talking about? I can’t believe she cut them off so they could go into the news.

Building collapses in Achrafieh

A 5-storey building has collapsed on its tenants in the Ashrafieh neighborhood of Fassouh. 30 people were inside the building at the time it collapsed and 7 injuries have so far been reported.

Update: A 15 year old girl was reported dead. Her name is Ann-Marie Abdel Karim. For more information visit the DailyStar website [Here]