7 people killed, 11 injured in building collapse in Minya after gas explosion
collapse of building - YOUM7 (Archive)

CAIRO: Seven people were killed, including five children,four of whom are siblings, and another eleven were injured after a gas butane cylinder exploded causing the collapse of three buildings in Malawy,Minya (Upper Egypt), Youm7 reported.

The residents lifted a two-month-child’s corpse from under the debris of the collapsed buildings, said head of Minya security directorate in remarks to reporters.

On May 10, a roof of a six-story building collapsed in the Mediterranean city of Alexandria, killing a three-year-old child, an Egyptian security official said, according to AP.

On June 8, the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights (EIPR) created a new website [egyptbuildingcollapses.org] that illustrated the figures and showed that 392 residential buildings collapsed between July 2012 and June 2013.

There were 317,948 unlicensed buildings and over 25,000 violating buildings established from Jan. 2009 to Dec. 2012, where most of the thousands of demolition decisions were not executed, head of the technical body for construction works inspection of Housing Ministry Hassan Allam told Al-Ahram on Jan. 23, 2013.

Around 800 families were displaced in a year and 192 people were killed due to the collapse of buildings caused by the lack of governmental monitoring, the website said.

Additional reporting by Nourhan Magdy.

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