CAIRO: At least two people, including an elderly man, were killed and six others injured Friday evening after a residential building collapsed in Upper Egypt’s governorate of Sohag, Youm7 reported.
“The four-storey building, located in Sohag’s town of Shandaweel, collapsed late evening before the emergency medical service has rushed to the site. The injured along with the two corpses were transferred to the Sohag University Hospital,” head of Sohag civil protection department Alaa al Din al Said was quoted by Youm7.
Initial investigations revealed the house was made of mud brick, according to Said.
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, Said 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.