One shipyard in Coloane “collapsed”, while two others are “in danger of falling anytime” [pictured] the President of the Lai Chi Wun Villagers Association, David Pinto Marques, told Business Daily yesterday.
According to previous reports, the Macau SAR Government had started the fencing work of the shipyards to protect the structures and the safety of villagers from the typhoon season in early June.
But little else has been done beyond that.
“Nothing special was done for [securing] them. Just the emergency reinforcement they did a while back,” Marques explained.
As for the current situation of the site and surrounding area in Coloane Village, he said that it is “bad.”
“Roads are blocked, fallen trees, walls with holes that can fit a car, multiple houses destroyed, warehouse roofs ripped apart” [pictured], he added.
In what regards casualties, the Association’s president said nothing had been reported yet, but that at “street level” people were angry and distressed.
“I’m seeing despair is some of their faces. Young ones are better. The older they are, the more despair on their faces,” he told us.
Business Daily contacted the Cultural Heritage Department to enquire about their intervention in the shipyards and the overall assessment of damage to heritage property in the city [see box] but no official statement on the shipyards has yet been released.
Marques informed us that the cultural bureau had paid a visit to the shipyards site yesterday morning and that they informed the people there that “other departments would be coming to visit,” such as the Housing Bureau.
Social services were also in the area yesterday, according to our source.
“They took a look and made a brief census, and took photos of damage, asking the village to file reports for the damage,” he continued.
Water and power supply are still intermittent in the village, with the government reacting “slowly,” according to Marques, who cautioned that “the main problem at this stage is sanitation. With dead rodents and stagnant water, disease will start to spread in 24 hours”.
In a written statement, the Cultural Affairs Bureau said it had ‘immediately sent staff to conduct an urgent inspection of various heritage buildings’ yesterday, claiming that most of them ‘do not show immediate structural danger,’ although some have been damaged, ‘affected by the collapse of trees or the lack of water and electricity supply’.
The Bureau confirmed that the 22 buildings belonging to the Historic Centre of Macau ‘are basically in good condition although some were damaged,’ such as the walls of Guia Fortress, the false ceiling of the portico of Dom Pedro V Theatre, which collapsed, while some trees in Lilau Square were also blown down.
The Bureau claimed that major temples and churches had not suffered severe damage, and that it will continue to proceed with inspections of classified immovable properties in the days to come.