CAIRO: At least two people, including a toddler, were killed Friday evening when a mud-brick fence surrounding their house collapsed in Upper Egypt’s governorate of Sohag, Youm7 reported.
“The fence collapsed while the one-year old baby, along with an 11-year old girl sat nearby. The victims were transferred to the Sohag University Hospital,” head of Sohag civil protection department Alaa al Din al Said was quoted by Youm7.
He added that initial investigations showed the fence was made of mud brick and palm trunks — materials commonly used to build houses in impoverished rural areas in Egypt.
The rescue teams rushed to the scene in search for survivors under the debris, said al Said.
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.