Pathum Thani's leaning tower of Lam Luk Ka

An apartment building under construction suddenly subsided Sunday night, tilting it an an angle similar to Italy's leaning tower of Pisa. The local version is likely to be demolished, however.

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The apartment building's tilt, estimated to be 10 degrees, is clearly seen in this photo by Thiti Wannamontha.


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Building at risk of collapse

Pongpat Wongyala

An apartment building under construction behind Zeer Rangsit Mall in Lam Luk Ka, Pathum Thani, subsided on Sunday night and tilted at a perilous angle, sparking an emergency evacuation of panicked workers and residents around the site.

Ku Kot Police Station was alerted on Sunday night that one of two seven-storey buildings under construction had sunk into the ground and had an alarming 10 degrees tilt.

A site inspection indicated that the first floor of the building had subsided and was totally destroyed, and cracks were visible on other floors. The building was leaning over towards another building.

When police arrived, there were no workers around. The entire workforce of around 200 had already fled the site in fear of their safety.

The construction site backs on to a housing estate and fronts the parking lots of Zeer Rangsit mall. One side is on the bank of a canal – Klong 1 of Lam Luk Ka district. It was reported that the construction site used to be a pond and that may be the reason for the subsidence.

Police closed off the site and are monitoring the situation constantly. All construction work has been halted.

Nares Srimuang, director of the civil division of Ku Kot municipality, said the two buildings received construction permission from the previous administration of the municipality. The project had already received one extension of time for completion of the work.

An investigation would determine whether the building had received all proper approvals. The project owner and contractors would be questioned.

Sopon Pornchokchai, president of real estate consulting firm Agency for Real Estate Affairs, said the building had subsided 10 degrees to the north and five degrees to the east. It is located 800 metres from Phahon Yothin Road and has seven storeys plus the deck, he said.

The construction was about 70 percent complete. THITI WANNAMONTHA

He said the building would have around 10,000 square metres of usable area, with the construction cost estimated at 100 million baht. About 70% of the construction had been completed.

The building must be demolished, he said, so the damage would be around 70 million baht.

The cause for the building's subsidence could go back to the design stage, or it could be caused by the construction. The land was earlier a pond and it was in an area submerged by stagnant floodwater during the great flood in late 2011.

tilt – a sloping position, i.e., at an angle, or the amount by which something slopes การเอียง, ความเอียง
estimated – thought to be a particular amount, size, etc. based on a guess or the best information available ประมาณการ
lean – to stand or be set at an angle  เอียง, เอน
at risk – in danger ตกอยู่ในความเสี่ยง
collapse – falling down suddenly การพังลงมา  
under construction – being built กำลังสร้าง
subside – to suddenly sink to a lower level ทรุดตัว, จมลง, ยุบลง
perilous – very dangerous เต็มไปด้วยอันตราย, ซึ่งไม่น่าปลอดภัย
angle – the shape, measured in degrees, that is made where two surfaces or objects meet; the direction from which something comes, or the direction from which you look at something, especially when it is not directly in front of you มุม
spark – to make something happen, especially something bad ก่อให้เกิด
emergency – an unexpected situation involving danger in which immediate action is necessary เหตุฉุกเฉิน
evacuation – moving people from a place of danger to a safer place การอพยพ
panic – a sudden strong feeling of fear or worry that causes you to be unable to think clearly or calmly ความตื่นตกใจ
residents – people who live in a particular area ประชาชนที่อาศัยในท้องที่
site – a place where something is located  สถานที่
alert – to tell someone in authority about a danger or problem so that they can take action to deal with แจ้งให้ทราบ, บอก
storey – a level in a building ชั้นของตึกหรืออาคาร
sink – to (cause something or someone to) go down below the surface or to the bottom of a liquid or soft substance จม
alarming – worrying or frightening ซึ่งน่าตกใจ
inspection – the act of looking closely at something or someone and to check that everything is as it should be; examination การตรวจสอบอย่างละเอียด
indicate – to show that something is true, exists or will happen แสดง, ทำให้รู้
crack – a line on a surface where something is beginning to break apart รอยแตก  รอยร้าว
invisible – unable to be seen  มองไม่เห็น
flee (past form: fled) – to leave a place or person quickly because you are afraid of possible danger หนี อพยพ
housing estate – an area containing a large number of houses or apartments built close together at the same time บ้านจัดสรร
pond – a small area of still water, especially one that is artificial บ่อน้ำ, สระน้ำ
monitor – to regularly check something or watch something to find out what is happening ตรวจ, ติดตาม, เฝ้าสังเกต
situation – all the circumstances and things that are happening at a particular time and in a particular place  สถานการณ์
constantly – continuously; all the time อย่างต่อเนื่อง
halt – to stop หยุด
civil (engineering) – concerning the design, building and repair of roads, bridges, canals, etc วิศวกรรมโยธา
municipality – a town, city or district with its own local government เทศบาล
permission – allowing someone to do something การอนุญาต,การอนุมัติ,การยินยอม
administration – the people who plan, organize and run a business, an institution, a city, etc  คณะบริหาร
extension – making a period of time longer  การขยายออกไป
investigation – the process of trying to find out all the details or facts about something in order to discover who or what caused it or how it happened การสอบสวน, การตรวจสอบหาข้อเท็จจริง
determine – to discover something by examining evidence to or calculate something กำหนด, ระบุ, แสดงผล
approval – official permission การอนุมัต
contractor – a person or company whose job is to do work for another person, organisation, company, etc. ผู้รับเหมา
real estate – property อสังหาริมทรัพย์
consulting – giving expert advice about something to other people ให้คำปรึกษา
firm – a business or company บริษัท
deck – the top outside floor of a ship, boat or building
demolish – to completely destroy a building, especially in order to use the land for something else รื้อ (สิ่งก่อสร้าง), ทำลาย
stage – a particular point in time during a process or set of events ช่วงเวลา
submerged – under water  จมน้ำ อยู่ใต้น้ำ
stagnant – (of water or air)  not moving and therefore smells unpleasant นิ่ง, น้ำทรง

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