CAIRO: At least four people, including a four-year-old child, were killed and twenty others injured Sunday after a residential building collapsed in Upper Egypt’s governorate of Fayoum, Youm7 reported.
“The four-story building, located in Fayoum’s district of Al Sufy, collapsed in the early morning before the emergency medical service has rushed to the site. The injured along with the two corpses were transferred to the Fayoum hospital,” head of Fayoum emergency medical service Dr. Sameh Mohamed was quoted by Youm7.
The collapse has caused cracks and partial collapsed of an adjacent residential building before security forces cordoned off the area and evacuated the nearby buildings as a precaution, Mohamed said.
The rescue teams rushed to the scene in search for survivors under the debris.
According to a survey conducted in 2014 by the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights (EIPR,) 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, killing more than 20 people. The building was originally six floors high but another five floors had been added illegally.
Between July 2012 and June 2013, 392 residential buildings collapsed, resulting in 192 deaths, according to the EIPR survey.