CAIRO: Seven persons were injured when a two-storey hotel partially collapsed in Delta’s Tanta, state-owned MENA reported Thursday.
All injured persons were transported to the Tanta University hospital. The hotel is owned by the governmental Al Awqaf Egyptian Authority and is located near one of the largest ancient mosques in Egypt, Ahmed Al-Badawi Mosque; a committee of experts and engineers has been tasked to discern the reason of the collapse.
Four days ago, nine people were killed and 23 others were injured when a residential building collapsed in Upper Egypt’s governorate of Fayoum.
On Oct. 30, a five-storey building collapsed due to cracks in the Cleopatra district of Alexandria. No human causalities reported were reported, and the building owner and seven other co-defendants were charged with causing deliberately the cracks in the building; the seven convicts have received sentences of two years in jail, Youm7 reported.
According to a survey conducted in 2014 by the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights (EIPR,) “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 collapses 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.