CAIRO: At least two people, including a baby, were killed and four others were injured Monday after five-storey residential building collapsed in Upper Egypt’s governorate of Asyut, Youm7 reported.
The collapse has caused cracks in the two adjacent houses before security forces cordoned off the area and evacuated the nearby buildings as a precaution.
“Preliminary investigations show that the collapsed house did not meet regulatory standards and was unlicensed, local media reported,” Asyut security director Abdel Baset Donkol was quoted by Youm7.
The rescue teams were searching for survivors after eyewitnesses said a family of four, resided in the house, was missing, Donkol said, adding that the injured persons were transferred to Asyut University Hospital, while the bodies of the victims were taken to the morgue.
According to a survey conducted by the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights (EIPR) in June 2014, 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.
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.
Between July 2012 and June 2013, 392 residential buildings collapsed, resulting in 192 deaths, according to the EIPR survey.