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Koh Chang hotel collapse – no piling and water flow caused subsidence

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An initial examination by engineers has shown that the hotel on Koh Chang that collapsed was due to a lack of piling and the hotel was built in an area of flowing water causing subsidence.

hotel collapseSiriwat Chaichana of the national engineering agency yesterday inspected the site of part of the Siam Beach Hotel that collapsed killing one woman and injuring five on Sunday.

It was found that water flowing down the hillside was not properly diverted with a drainage ditch resulting in it causing subsidence over a long period of time reported tnamcot. The foundation was found to be flat with no piling. Consequently it was not attached properly and was not strong enough to withstand collapse.

Further investigations will take place on June 10-11th but final conclusions may not be reached for between six months and a year. Questions still remain to be answered such as the culpability of the engineers responsible for the structure. If it can be shown that they did not follow the necessary regulations they face anything from a warning to the loss of their license to operate.

If they did not have a license in the first place they face up to 3 years jail, a 60,000 baht fine or both.

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