CAIRO: A woman has reportedly died after her mud brick house collapsed in Upper Egypt’s governorate of Sohag, Youm7 reported Saturday.
A forensic report said that the reason behind the death is Asphyxia due to backfilling under the rubble; the rescue team recovered the woman’s body from the debris.
Gamal el-Din, the victim’s brother said the collapse took place because the two-storey house was old and dilapidated; it was roofed by palm tree trunks.
On Feb.5, at least two people, including a toddler, were killed when a mud-fence surrounding their house collapsed in Sohag.
Mud brick and palm trunks are materials commonly used to build houses in impoverished rural areas in Egypt.
Last month, Sohag also witnessed another collapse of a three-storey residential building, leaving a housewife and her son injured.
Building collapses usually occur in Egypt, with reasons related to construction violations.
An engineer and a driver of a driller were ordered detained over the collapse of a six-storey residential building in Delta’s Sharqia governorate, which killed at least nine people in January. They were accused of manslaughter after they were carrying out construction works n a building adjacent to the collapsed building.
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 of six floors 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 (Egyptian Initiatives for Personal Rights) EIPR survey.