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Olympic headquarters flooded after water pipe bursts

Published on Nov 12, 2012 6:26 AM
 
The International Olympic Committee headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland were partially flooded on Sunday after an old water pipe burst, damaging archives and knocking out communications, the organisation said. -- PHOTO: AFP

LAUSANNE (AFP) - The International Olympic Committee headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland were partially flooded on Sunday after an old water pipe burst, damaging archives and knocking out communications, the organisation said.

The pipe, which had been weakened with age, had burst early Sunday near the organisation's headquarters and large amounts of water had gushed into the basement, IOC chief Christophe De Kepper told reporters in Lausanne.

In some places, the water stood as high as two metres, he said.

Around 20 to 30 per cent of the IOC's recent paper archives had been damaged, he said, stressing though that none of the organisation's historic archives had been destroyed since they were housed separately at the IOC museum.

 
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