Cairo building collapses, trapping woman, nephew
A residential building collapse - YOUM7
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CAIRO: An elderly woman and her nephew were rescued after being trapped in a building adjacent to another that collapsed late Sunday, Youm7 reported.

A part of a three-storey residential building collapsed in Boulaq Abu el-Ela district in Cairo without causing casualties.

Parts of the dilapidated house trapped the woman, Bothaina, and her nephew inside a nearby building.

Civil Protection forces were deployed to lift the collapsed parts and free those closed in by the rubble.

An eyewitness told Youm7 the reason behind the collapse was demolition work being carried out on another building close to it.

However, Fahima Gomaa, 60, the owner of the collapsed building stated that it had collapsed due to its age.

Several collapses have taken place to poorly constructed mud-buildings in Upper Egypt’s villages over the past months.

At least three incidents occurred in February in poor villages in Upper Egypt’s governorate of Sohag, leaving casualties.

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.

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