Ceiling collapses in HCMC luxury apartment

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The ceiling of a new luxury apartment in Ho Chi Minh City fell off during strong winds Thursday, just two months after its first occupants moved in.


Six people inside, including a six-year-old girl and a six-month-old baby, were safe. The Quoc Cuong Gia Lai apartment building is located in Tran Xuan Soan Street, District 7.


According to the building contractor Duc Thinh Company, strong wind from the 20th floor of the building, which was still being finished, caused the gypsum ceiling of the apartment on the 19th floor to fall off.


Nguyen Van Anh, owner of the US$97,000 flat, said she heard some cracking sounds before around 30 square meters of plaster ceiling in the sitting room fell down.


It was about to rain at the time, Anh said.


Electric cables in the ceiling were exposed while parts of the ceiling in other rooms were also "pulled closer to the floor," she said.


Equipment in the house including fans, televisions, tables and chairs were also slightly damaged.


"Lucky my family was not in the sitting room. Otherwise, I don't know what might have happened," Anh told the VnExpress news website.


The 34-year-old house owner said she has paid up 95 percent of the house price.


Representatives from the building management board have visited the house and promised to fix the damage. It was not said whether other apartments would be inspected for similar flaws.


Chairwoman of Quoc Cuong Gia Lai JSC, Nguyen Thi Nhu Loan, was listed among the 10 richest persons on the Vietnamese stock market last year.


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