Ceiling collapses in pedestrian passageway leading to Central-Mid-Levels escalators

Lawmaker Ted Hui (blue shirt) and District Councillor Ng Siu-hong (black jacket) speak at a pedestrian passageway where a sizeable portion of the ceiling collapsed today. Photo by Stuart White.
Lawmaker Ted Hui (blue shirt) and District Councillor Ng Siu-hong (black jacket) speak at a pedestrian passageway where a sizeable portion of the ceiling collapsed today. Photo by Stuart White.

A sizeable section of ceiling paneling inside an elevated pedestrian pathway between Des Voeux Road and the Central-Mid-Levels escalators suddenly collapsed this afternoon, though no one was injured, according to officials.

The collapse took place in a section of passageway that runs through the former Central Market, which is now the site of a revitalization project under the Urban Renewal Authority. A URA representative at the scene said the cause of the collapse was still being investigated, and confirmed that no one was hurt, but declined to comment further.

Before a large tarpaulin curtain was erected, workers could be seen inside the passageway, gathering debris littering the passage as rainwater trickled in through the roof.

Lawmaker Ted Hui was also on hand to look into the collapse.

“We know very little about this,” he told Coconuts HK, estimating that about one-quarter to one-third of the ceiling had come down, and adding that “water seepage,” presumably from today’s steady rains, was the thought to be the likely culprit at this point.

Central and Western District Councillor Ng Siu-hong, who was also at the scene, also suspected water damage.

“We can see that the exterior [roof] is broken and water is leaking in” between it and the ceiling, he said.

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