CAIRO: The death toll of victims killed when a residential building collapsed in Upper Egypt’s governorate of Fayoum rose to nine people, head of Fayoum emergency medical service Dr. Sameh Mohamed was quoted by Youm7.
A four-year-old child was among the deceased; while 23 others were injured in Sunday’s accident.
The collapse has caused cracks and a partial collapse of an adjacent residential building before security forces cordoned off the area and evacuated the nearby buildings as a precaution, Mohamed said.
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.
Additional reporting by Rany Mostafa.