Woman, daughter die after mud-brick house collapses in Sohag
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CAIRO: A woman and her daughter were killed after their two-story house collapsed in a Sahtoura village in Upper Egypt’s Sohag, Youm7 reported Monday.

Raesa Abdullah was a housewife, and had three children; 6-yr old Manar died under the rubble with her mother, while Fathy, 12, and Doaa 14 were transferred to Tahta Hospital with moderate injuries, according to Sohag Security Directorate Ahmed Abu el-Fatouh .

The bodies were recovered from the debris of the house, which was made of mud bricks, and then sent to the morgue.

At least two other similar collapses took place in Sohag at homes made of mud and red bricks and roofed with palm trunks; materials commonly used to build houses in impoverished rural areas in Egypt.

On Saturday, a woman reportedly asphyxiated under the rubble of her mud brick house that collapsed in Sohag.

On Feb.5, at least two people, including a toddler, were killed when a mud-fence surrounding their house collapsed in Sohag.

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 commonly related to construction violations and illegal extensions.

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.

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