Buwelikada collapse: Not result of an earthquake

2020-09-21 at 12:45

The Geological Survey and Mines Bureau says the five-storey building that collapsed on to a neighbouring house in Buwelikada, Kandy last morning, was not a result of an earthquake.

Chairman of the Bureau Anura Walpola when contacted by NewsRadio said a tremor was not recorded yesterday.

However, he said an expert committee, comprising members of the Moratuwa and Peradeniya Universities, has been appointed to look into the threat of tremors in Sri Lanka in future.

He said some were of the view that the building may have collapsed as a result of the tremors felt in Haragama, Teldeniya and Digana in the Kandy District recently.

While he noted that Geologists are looking into the recent tremors, Chairman Walpola reiterated, the building collapse is not related.

He said not even a minor tremor was recorded at the Geological Survey and Mines Bureau 24-hour Seismic Data and Tsunami Alert Centre.

A couple and their one-and-a-half-month-old infant died in the collapse early last morning.

The infant was rescued but passed away at the Kandy General Hospital. Five persons were at the house at the time of the incident, while Police rescued two women who were trapped under the rubble.

Police is due to table facts before Court against the owner of the five-storey building.

Police said action will be taken against the individual under the Criminal Code if it is determined that the approval of the Kandy Municipal Council, the Geological Survey and Mines Bureau and other relevant institutions was not obtained prior to constructing the building.

Meanwhile the owner of the building that collapsed speaking to media in Kandy said he did not flee the scene.

Media reports circulated yesterday that he had fled the area.

The individual said they heard noises and stepped outside when they realised what was happening.