CAIRO: A policeman, 37, was killed Monday after a three-floor building collapsed while he was coincidentally crossing in front of it in Asyut, Upper Egypt, Youm7 reported.
An injured woman, 20, was rescued and the Civil Protection forces are trying to find any other survivors.
No one was in the building when it collapsed, a source at the local town council told Youm7, but the decision to remove the debris was immediate as some citizens crossing the street may be under the wreck, the source said.
Rescue efforts are ongoing in the area west of Asyut; ambulances also rushed to the area west of Asyut to receive any survivors.
A five-storey residential building collapsed in Asyut in May.
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.
Between July 2012 and June 2013, 392 residential buildings collapsed, resulting in 192 deaths, according to the EIPR survey.
Additional reporting by Haitham al-Badry and Doha Saleh