It was the early evening of 21st November 2013
and over 100 shoppers were in the Maxima supermarket in
Out in the car park soldiers started setting up tents for the rescue workers and for dealing with survivors. But as time went on and survivors were getting less and less, periods of absolute silence were called for in order to listen for signs of life. Mobile phones were ringing within the collapsed building, most likely from worried relatives and people who had not been heard from for several hours.
In the end the collapse was blamed on structural errors in the building and one civil engineer was jailed for six year. The building itself was demolished within days and the site cleared.
It was just a few days away from the 5th
anniversary of the disaster that I took a taxi over to the site, not sure what
to expect or if it would be an area that would be dangerous. Thankfully it was
actually a nice place to walk around, just normal people going about their
business. In th
e middle of the shopping district was a car park with what looked like a flat roof but at ground level, surrounded by fencing. In front of this was a memorial that resembled the
Now a disaster of this magnitude would not be forgotten, but
it was the
But then again, can’t you say that about all of them?