Bridge Collapse In China Raises Concerns About Rushed Development

The bridge collapse that killed at least 36 people this week in China is being blamed on rushed construction and the larger issue of the country's emphasis on rapid economic growth.

"At least 36 people were killed in the collapse Monday, which occurred as more than 100 construction workers were on the bridge dismantling scaffolding. The disaster in the southern tourist town of Fenghuang rekindled concerns about rushed, shoddy work amid China's torrid economic expansion."

"Witnesses blamed the collapse on a faulty design that lacked steel reinforcements."

"Xinhua quoted an unnamed local official as saying planners had opted for a traditional stone design so that it would be 'in harmony with the local natural environment.'"

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