CAIRO: A man was killed and five others were injured after a four-storey building collapsed Monday in el-Mahata el-Gadida district in Ismailia city, northeastern Egypt, according to Youm7.
The rest of the residents were evacuated, while search efforts are still underway for a woman and her child reportedly under the debris.
Hosny Mohame, the deceased victim, was 54. The five injured residents were transferred to a hospital; their health condition was not disclosed.
Two buildings adjacent to the collapsed one were reportedly affected and their residents were evacuated as well.
The reason for the collapse has not been determined; however, Youm7 reported that the building was old and lacked concrete columns.
Several poorly constructed buildings in Upper Egypt’s villages collapsed over the past months. In February, at least three collapses of mud-brick buildings occurred in impoverished villages in 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 in the Upper Egyptian governorate. Also in Sohag, a woman asphyxiated under the rubble of her house Feb. 13, while at least two people, including a toddler, were killed on Feb. 5 when a mud-fence surrounding their house collapsed.
Building collapses have often occurred in Egypt, with reasons commonly attributed to construction violations and illegal extensions.
Between July 2012 and June 2013, 392 residential buildings collapsed, resulting in 192 deaths, according to a survey by the Egyptian Initiatives for Personal Rights (EIPR.)