[JP News Online, 2 April 2007] The foundation site of the Infinity Tower was
flooded after a wall holding back the Dubai Marina water breached.
Nearly 100 workers at the site of the Infinity Tower escaped as excavation work on the 80-floor building
was nearing completion. The incident happened as the workers were assisting the project owners and the piling
contractor with the foundation works on site 20 meters below ground level. The supervision team noticed a slight
movement and cracks in the diaphragm wall adjacent to the Dubai Marina and alerted management, who ordered an
immediate evacuation of the site. The diaphragm wall collapsed and crumbled within 2 minutes from being noticed
as the workers were scrambling over safety ladders up to the ground level. The whole site was totally flooded within
4 minutes. The construction of the tower will continue to be suspended until the site can be totally dewatered.
A special diving team has been brought in to assess the situation.
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