Boy in critical condition after 3-storey building collapses in Upper Egypt
Sharabiya building collapse

CAIRO: A three-storey residential building collapsed Saturday in Akhmeem town in Upper Egypt’s Sohag governorate, leaving a housewife and her son injured, Youm7 reported.

Youm7 quoted the preliminary medical report that showed the child in critical condition.

The first floor of the ill-fated building was buried, said Youm7. The reason of the collapse has not yet been disclosed.

Over the past months, similar incidents of building collapses have taken place, leaving many killed under the debris. The frequent pace of incidents raised concerns on government’s building regulations as many showed construction violations.

On Wednesday, a four-storey building in Cairo’s Sharabiya district was evacuated before its collapse. Ten families who lived in the building will receive an apartment and compensation worth 5,000 EGP ($639) each.

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.

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