Woman leaps to her death from 102nd floor of HK’s tallest tower


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A woman decided to end her life by jumping from the 102nd floor of International Commerce Centre which is currently the tallest building in Hong Kong.

The unnamed woman, aged 29, from Yau Yat Chuen in Kowloon Tong, was reportedly a guest at Ritz-Carlton hotel which occupies the building’s 102nd to 108th Floor. She checked in at the hotel on Sunday and Monday, police said.

On Tuesday, she came back and checked in again. Around 3 am, the woman managed to go down via the mechanical floor between the 101st and 102nd floor and opened a fire trap door before jumping to her death.

According to Shanghaiist, the woman hit a window during her plunge before hitting the ground near a taxi stand at 1 Austin Avenue, Tsim Sha Tsui.

A cab driver found her unconscious and thought she was a victim of a car accident and called the police who pronounced her dead.

The authorities are still investigating the incident but have initially ruled out foul play.

It was the first case of suicide in the 490-meter tall, 118-story International Commerce Center (ICC), which is also the 10th tallest building in the world since its completion in 2010.

ICC has actually 108 floors above ground and 4 below. But because of prevalence of the “tetraphobia” in Hong Kong, floors that would have included the number “4” (4, 14, 24, etc.) were omitted; thus it has been marketed as a 118-story building.

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In a study last September 2014 made by the World Health Organization (WHO), intentionally taking one’s life is second leading cause of death among the youth in the world and depression is identified to be the main cause.

There are different signs and symptoms of depression that a person may experience. Some of the identified signs posted at Students Against Depression, includes persistent low mood, lethargy, decreased appetite, restlessness, hopelessness and pessimism among others. The immediate thing to do if you notice something unusual is to consult a doctor or a counselor to discuss your concerns.

This article has been viewed 469 times. Article originally posted: August 9, 2017, 10:34 pm (UTC-0). Last update: August 9, 2017 at 10:34 pm (UTC-0).

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