Filipino injured in building collapse

January 30, 2013 - 3:10:59 am


DOHA: One person was critically injured yesterday when part of the ceiling of a room in a building in the Old Airport area of the city apparently collapsed. From the outside, the building looks well-maintained.

The injured man, a Filipino, was rushed to Hamad Medical Corporation’s trauma centre. He was identified as Ronald de los Madiam, 57, by the embassy of the Philippines here. A senior embassy official told The Peninsula that Madiam who was taken to the hospital in an ambulance early afternoon, was to be shifted for immediate heart care.

Melvin C Almonguera, third secretary at the mission, said: “Our community welfare officer was informed about Madiam by the hospital staff, that he had suffered serious injuries”.

“Madiam is in a bad condition,” the welfare officer, who gave his name as Philip, told this newspaper. “I was told by a hospital staff that he would be shifted to a medical facility that specialises in heart treatment.”

Philip said his enquiries revealed that Madiam was injured when the ceiling of the room he was in caved in. This reporter visited the building, located on Jabar bin Haiyaan Street in the Old Airport area, at around 5pm yesterday, but a policeman at the entrance blocked the way.

There were no visible signs of any damage to the building outside. Asked if any untoward incident had occurred in the building, the policeman merely said, “Baseet (minor)”, and offered no details.

Efforts to contact the Ministry of Interior to confirm the incident and whether a Filipino had suffered injuries failed. It could also not be known if there were any other casualties.