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Railings made from foam crumble in Chinese city; authorities glue them back together

A set of railings in south east China’s Jiangxi province has crumbled, revealing a core of cheap foam around an outer layer of cement.

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Situated alongside Pencheng Road in the city of Ruichang, the 400-metre barrier was built in 2012 but is already falling apart after just three years.

According to state media reports, the material is “highly flammable.”

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Internet users denounced the construction work as a “tofu-dreg project”—a term often used in mainland China to describe a poorly built structure.

Where the barrier has been falling apart, however, local authorities have stepped in with yet another quick and cost-effect solution: gluing it back together.

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In a similar incident last month, parts of an up-scale residential development in Shaanxi province was also found to be constructed from foam, prompting an outcry from residents.

Railings made from foam crumble in Chinese city; authorities glue them back together