CAIRO: Ten families will receive an apartment and 5,000 EGP ($639) each in aid after their residential building collapsed in Cairo’s Sharabiya district, according to a Thursday statement by Cairo Governor Galal al-Saeed.
A total of 78 people lived in the four-storey building, which had been evacuated before its Wednesday collapse. Each person will receive additional 100 EGP and a blanket, with Saeed ordering that two buses transport them to their designated flats “immediately.”
Saeed also ordered that buildings near the ill-fated block be inspected for any damage from the collapse.
On Tuesday, a building in the Delta’s Sharqia governorate collapsed, killing at least nine people. An engineer and a driver of a driller have been detained in relation to the incident, as they had been carrying out construction works on a building adjacent to the six-storey block.
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.