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Azerbaijan: Building Collapse Exposes "Chaos" in Baku's Urban Planning

Some 20 construction workers, all from outside Baku, were killed on August 28 when the nearly completed building on Mukhtarov Street in the capital's Yasamal neighborhood, one of hundreds of structures erected amid a seven-year building boom, suddenly imploded, sending tons of debris crashing to the ground. The Ministry of Emergency Situations has attributed the cause of the collapse to uneven foundations and low-quality construction work.

The director and three managers of Mutefekkir Company, the firm responsible for the building, are now under arrest. On September 5, the head of the Baku city government department for apartments and cooperative buildings, which oversees such construction projects, was also taken into custody on abuse-of-power charges.

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Azerbaijan: Building Collapse Exposes "Chaos" in Baku's Urban Planning

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