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Probe on museum mishap

A special committee has been appointed to study the strength and the structure of the Colombo National Museum building which is over 130 years, following Thursday’s mishap where 36 people including many schoolchildren were injured.

National Heritage Minister Dr. Jagath Balasuriya has ordered an immediate inquiry as to how the accident occurred, to study the strength of the old building as no major renovations had been carried out recently. The committee comprising specialists in civil engineering, architecture and eminent scholars on national heritage will be headed by the Additional Secretary, Ministry of National Heritage, D.G. Samarasinghe.

A ministry spokesman told the Sunday Observer that the cause of the accident was probably due to the large number of visitors on the stairway putting a heavy weight on the staircase. He said that a large group of children from three schools had visited the museum in the latter part of the day and were hurrying to see the place before it closed. A spokesman for the Cinnamon Gardens police investigating the accident said that the century-old wooden stairway had been affected by termites.


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