200 families left homeless after ground caves in

27th January 2005, Comments 0 comments

27 January 2005, BARCELONA-The collapse of a building caused by building works on the Barcelona metro system has forced 850 residents of 50 blocks to leave their homes.

27 January 2005

BARCELONA-The collapse of a building caused by building works on the Barcelona metro system has forced 850 residents of 50 blocks to leave their homes.

Barcelona City Council and the GISA building company, who are involved in the work, have asked 200 families to leave their homes in case more buildings could collapse.

A block collapsed in the Carmel area of the city earlier on Thursday.

At least 25 people were forced to leave their homes because of work on an extension to the metro line number five through the area.

The work inadvertently caused a landslide which has left a 20-metre wide hole.

Some are staying in a local sports centre and others are being put up by the council in hotels or are staying with relatives.

Police have sealed off at least one street in the area to safeguard public safety.

Barcelona City Council has been accused by councillors from the opposition conservative PPC party of "negligence".

They claim the council knew there was a risk the metro work could cause landslides.

The council denies the claims and a full investigation has begun.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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