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35 years ago in Singapore: The Hotel New World collapse of 15 March, 1986

Where were you when #Singapore 's first major civil disaster took place?

15/3/2021 10:45:00 AM

Where were you when Singapore 's first major civil disaster took place?

On 15 March 1986, Singapore saw its first major civil disaster when the Hotel New World building collapsed.

from Ireland and the United Kingdom, who were working on the construction of the MRT line, also played a crucial role in the rescue.David Stewart, a senior resident engineer with the Mass Rapid Transit Corporation or MRTC (later renamed SMRT) at the time, was among the rescuers.

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He toldYahoo News Singaporein 2016, “I’d never seen anything like it before. It was like a demolition site. If it happened today… we’d be imagining it was a sort of terrorist act.”All told, 33 people perished and 17 were saved.A Commission of Inquiry appointed by former President Wee Kim Wee later concluded that the collapse of Hotel New World was down to structural faults, and shoddy design and construction.

Today, the seven-storey Fortuna Hotel stands in its place.In 2016,arranged a reunionbetween Jerina Tan, the first victim to be rescued, and former fireman Ali Ismail, who pulled her out of the wreckage. Trapped for almost eight hours, rescuers were on the verge of amputating Tan's leg to save her when Ali managed to set her free.

It was the first time they had met in 30 years. Read more: Yahoo Singapore »

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