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World Cup stadium in Sao Paulo, Brazil breaks apart, killing three

27
Nov
2013

Part of the Arena Corinthians, future site of the World Cup opening ceremony in June 2014, has collapsed, reportedly killing three. The stadium, located in Sao Paulo, Brazil, was still under construction with a set completion date of December, and the BBC reports that a crane collapsed onto the structure, breaking off part of the stands as seen in this photograph from the Futebolnopronto Twitter account. More photographs show the crane dangling over the edge of the stands and what may be fire trucks that were called to the scene after the collapse; As of mid-November, the stadium was supposed to be 94 percent complete, and its not known how long this crash will delay construction, nor how extensive the damage is, though SB Nation reports it occurred at the east end of the stadium while most workers were thankfully out for lunch. Construction on the ambitious project has previously been hampered by funding problems as Brazil struggles to prepare for both the Olympics and the World Cup, attempting to build new infrastructure while dealing with crime problems and the displacement of citizens to make way for new buildings.

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