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Kazakhstan: Section of Central EXPO-2017 Building Collapses

A section of a building bang in the center of the EXPO-2017 village in Astana — a project intended as a modern showcase for Kazakhstan — has collapsed only months before the fair was due to kick into high gear.

Organizers and builders went into quick response mode on November 16, hours after the incident occurred.

“Everything with the building is fine, but between the pavilions there was a decorative bridge construction. It did indeed collapse,” said Sergei Kuyanov, public relations director for the state-run Astana EXPO-2017 group organizing the exhibition. “I don’t know what the reason was. This building was created by BI Group. They said that they have called in the designer and that the company’s management would deal with this and rebuild.”

Kuyanov said Astana EXPO-2017 had not yet taken the affected building under management and that the contractor would have to assume the costs of reconstruction.

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Kazakhstan: Section of Central EXPO-2017 Building Collapses

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