Residential building collapses in Giza’s district of Haram
Collapsed residential building in Cairo. YOUM7 archive.

CAIRO: A five-storey residential building collapsed Saturday in Giza’s district of Haram, Youm7 reported.

The rescue teams rushed to the scene in search for survivors under the debris, according to Youm7. The said building is located in the King Faisal Street, southwest of Giza. No fatalities have been reported yet. 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, eyewitnesses told Youm7.

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.

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