Slab of plaster fell 12 storeys from the top of flat in Hougang

A slab of plaster fell 12 storeys from the top of Block 449 Hougang Avenue 10 at 11am on Sunday (27 November), hit a lorry which was parked nearby and dented its roof.

Fortunately, nobody was injured during the incident.

There are only 60 executive maisonette units in this building. It was build in 1991 and it falls under the purview of Ang Mo Kio Town Council.

A 48-year-old housewife who wished to be known only as Madam Lee told The Straits Times in Mandarin, “What if it had fallen on someone’s head? I hope the authorities can check buildings which are older than 20 years.”

However, a 22-year-old man, Tan Wee Kiat, who lives on the second floor was not really worried. He said,  “If I drove, I’d be bothered, but I’m not that worried. Nobody wants this kind of thing to happen, but how is anyone supposed to foresee it?”

On Monday (28 November), the area had been concorned off to secure it from passer-by. There is also a gondola at the area.

A HBD spokesman said that it was informed on Sunday that a piece of plaster had fallen from the external facade of the block. She said, “The plaster is part of the facade and is non-structural. HDB is in touch with Ang Mo Kio Town Council on the matter.”

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