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Arvamus 19 Dec 2009  EWR
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Neringa Mickeviciute, TOL

VILNIUS, Lithuania | By definition, disasters usually strike unexpectedly. But sometimes they are not only predicted but repeatedly warned about, and not by psychics, but by people who have well-grounded suspicions.

Take the case of a bridge crack that appeared early this year in Kaunas, the second biggest city in Lithuania, as a result of heavier traffic than planned when the bridge was designed. Although experts repeatedly warned of the bridge’s poor construction, nothing was done. And what about the section of a shopping mall that collapsed this spring in the capital, Vilnius? Despite city officials being well aware of the deteriorating building from complaints of people working there, no one followed up and took action.

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