Monday, October 5, 2009

Temple Wall Collapses Onto Girl

Photo Courtesy of Thairath

PRACHINBURI – A wall outside Dong Praram temple collapsed onto a girl while she was climbing up to collect banana leaves for her mother’s rice pudding. The wall which was made of brick didn’t have a support structure or concrete finish. When it came down, the weight of it crushed the girl’s leg.

A rescue team in Prachinburi arrived to find the 13-year-old buried under a pile of red bricks; they removed the debris and found that the bones in her right leg were shattered.

A cast was made for her at the hospital (in the photo above); at this stage it is uncertain whether she will ever be able to walk normally again.

Investigations show that the absence of any support caused the 2.5m high wall to collapse. Before the incident occurred, the mother asked her daughter to retrieve banana leaves from a tree to make rice pudding for monks on Buddha day. The tree was too high for the little girl, so she used the wall to aid her. That was when it buckled.

Courtesy of Thairath

Writer: Adrian Tse & Chet Chetchotisak