CAIRO: A boy was killed and his father was injured in a partial building collapse in Aswan, south of Egypt Tuesday, Youm7 reported.
A high wall of a house under construction fell on the boy’s house; one wall of the lower house collapsed, killing the 16-year old and injuring the father, 55, who was transferred to a Aswan University Hospital to treat his fractures.
Head of the Solidarity Ministry branch in Aswan ordered monetary compensation for the survivors of the family as well as blankets and foods, Youm7 reported.
A policeman was killed Monday after a three-floor building collapse while he was coincidentally crossing in front of it in in Asyut, Upper Egypt. Some 10 buildings in Beheira and seven others in Alexandria partially or completely collapsed in October and November after a wave of heavy rain.
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 Abdullah Salah