This is the moment the sailcloth roof of a town hall suddenly collapses under the weight of rainwater sending a huge torrent into the courtyard below as onlookers attending an art exhibit scream.
The startling incident took place in the town hall of Chalco in the municipality of Chalco located in the State of Mexico, on the eastern outskirts of the metropolitan area of Mexico City, the Mexican capital.
Video Credit: CEN
The retractable material roof had been put in place to cover an art exhibition taking place in the town hall patio when rainwater began accumulating on it. Luckily the artwork was moved when the heavy rain started.
In the video, the material roof and can be seen slumping low under the weight of the water when it suddenly gives way. A huge amount of water then plunges into the building as onlookers scream and move out of the water.
No injuries were reported in the incident although the rain is said to have caused damage to several parts of the building.
Workers in the building were evacuated to avoid accidents.
Heavy rains hit Mexico City last week and the Secretary of Integral Management of Civil Protection Risks activated an alert, with local authorities recommending citizens keep drains clear, not crossing avenues with water currents and keeping pets in a safe place.
They also warned that heavy rains can generate waterlogging, water currents on streets and avenues, and falling branches from trees.
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