CAIRO: A four-year-old child died and two others were injured Thursday after a four-story residential building collapsed in Cairo’s northern district of Abbaseya, Health Ministry spokesperson Hossam Abdel Ghafar stated.
“The Ministry dispatched six ambulances to the scene while two injured people were immediately escorted to the nearby Demerdash hospital,” Abdel Ghafar said, adding that their condition is stable.
Rescue workers were searching for potential trapped residents through the rubble of the collapsed building, he added.
Between July 2012 and June 2013, 392 residential buildings collapsed, resulting in 192 deaths according to a survey conducted by the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights (EIPR) in June 2014.
One of the worst building collapses in the country occurred in July 2012 in the old neighborhood of al-Gumrok in Alexandria, when an 11-story building collapsed leaving more than 20 people dead. The building was originally six floors high but another five floors were added illegally.
The “rampant violations” of building laws, lack of government oversight, corruption, poor maintenance and failing to follow global construction standards are among the reasons behind the recurrent building collapse phenomenon in Egypt, said EIPR in its survey.