CAIRO: A building located in a district in western Alexandria collapsed Sunday morning, injuring a young girl who happened to be standing in front of it, Youm7 reported.
Ekram, 5, was seen playing in front of a building in Mena el-Basal district before it collapsed. The girl was taken to the hospital with suspected internal bleeding and bruises on her body.
The collapsed building consisted of three floors, and had a wooden roof. When the building collapsed, parts of the debris fell on a nearby residential building.
No other injuries were reported from the collapse, and the residents of the two buildings were evacuated. Barriers were installed in the area to protect passersby.
Investigations will be carried out to reveal the reasons for the collapse.
Similar collapses of dilapidated buildings and others made of mud bricks, especially in impoverished rural areas, have repeatedly taken place over the past months.
At least three incidents occurred in February in poor villages in Upper Egypt’s governorate of Sohag, leaving causalities.
On Feb.15, A mother and her daughter were killed, and her two other children were hospitalized after a two-storey house collapsed. On Feb.13, a woman asphyxiated under the rubble of her house, while at least two people, including a toddler, were killed on Feb.5 when a mud-fence surrounding their house collapsed.
Building collapses usually occur in Egypt, with reasons commonly related to construction violations and illegal extensions.
Alexandria has recorded several collapses of unlicensed residential buildings. The Mediterranean city has witnessed one of the worst accidents in the country in July 2012 in the old neighborhood of al-Gumrok, 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.
Additional reporting by Hanaa Abu el-Ezz from Alexandria.