False ceiling collapses at Woodlands dormitory; two workers injured

MOM said it is investigating the collapse of the false ceiling in seven rooms in the dormitory. PHOTOS: SCREENGRAB FROM SINGAPORE INCIDENTS/FACEBOOK

SINGAPORE - A false ceiling at a migrant worker dormitory in Woodlands collapsed on Sunday, resulting in two residents sustaining minor injuries.

In video footage that is being widely shared on social media, the floor of a dorm room can be seen covered with pieces of the collapsed ceiling.

Parts of the ceiling – still half detached – can be seen dangling from ceiling beams.

Workers are seen packing their things and stepping over the rubble to leave the room.

In response to queries, the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) on Monday night said it is investigating the collapse of the false ceiling in seven rooms at North Coast Lodge Dormitory, which it said was due to heavy rain and strong wind.

Two other rooms sustained damage from mild water leakage, MOM added.

Forward Assurance and Support Team officers from MOM have been deployed to the dorm, it added.

MOM is working with the dorm operator to support affected residents, it said.

The two injured residents have been treated for minor cuts.

About 100 residents in the affected rooms have been temporarily relocated to unaffected rooms while repairs are being done.

The Straits Times has contacted the dorm operator and the Migrant Workers’ Centre (MWC) for comment on Monday.

Responding on Tuesday, the MWC pointed ST to its Facebook page, which said it has contacted the two injured workers. It said on Facebook: "We are glad to learn that they are coping well and do not require counselling support."

Correction note: An earlier version of this story said Forward Assurance and Support Team (Fast) officers from MOM, the police and SAF were deployed to the dorm. This is incorrect. Fast officers are from MOM, and no officers from the police and SAF were deployed. We are sorry for the error.

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