Street in New Taipei collapses, nearby residents evacuated

TAIPEI (CNA) — The New Taipei government has ordered a construction site in Yunghe District to be shut down after it allegedly caused a nearby street to collapse and forced residents in the area to be evacuated.

A total of 158 people were forced to leave their homes because the collapse caused structural damage to some of the surrounding apartment buildings.

The collapse took place at 10:39 a.m. in an alleyway on Wenhua Road near an apartment building construction site where work was being done on the project’s foundation.

The incident, which affected 66 nearby homes, also caused the rupture of an underground gas pipe and the tilting of several buildings in the vicinity.

A total of 80 people have so far been relocated to hotels and the other 78 are staying with relatives.

According to the New Taipei Public Works Department, the collapse was likely related to mismanagement of the construction site’s foundation work.

An investigation into the incident is underway, according to the department.