7, including 2 children, die in building collapse north of Cairo
Building collapsed in Cairo's northern district of Abbaseya - YOUM7

CAIRO: Seven people were killed and two others injured when a residential building collapsed in Cairo’s northern district of Shubra Sunday, Youm7 reported.

The victims, including two children aged 4 and 6 years old, are members of one family. The owner of the four-storey building was arrested and detained for four days pending investigations.

The reasons behind the building collapse have yet to be announced. However, initial investigations revealed the collapsed building “did not meet regulatory standards and was unlicensed,” anonymous source at the Shubra prosecution told Youm7 Sunday.

The rescue teams rushed to the scene in search for survivors under the debris, according to Youm7, the injured were transferred to the hospital.

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.

In August, the government launched a campaign to evacuate residents in Giza’s blue-collar district of Imbaba; a few hours after evacuating the residents, three houses collapsed.

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 killing more than 20 people. 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.

On May 30, two people, including a toddler, were killed and two others injured when an unlicensed five-floor building collapsed in Asyut due to lack of construction standards.

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