1 Jul 2011

Termites collapse roof of Marshall Islands national gymnasium

9:03 am on 1 July 2011

The Marshall Islands' national gymnasium has been closed following the collapse of a portion of its roof through termite damage.

The two-court sports facility was built as part of a Japanese government grant for public school improvements in the mid-1990s and has been infested with termites for several years.

A summer basketball league for teenagers has been called off until the rest of the gym's declared safe.

Public Works says it will take about a week to conduct a thorough safety investigation.

It used a crane to remove the damaged section of the roof, which shows heavy termite damage.

Beams inside the Quonset hut-style roof also show many termite trails.