CAIRO: A wall of a dilapidated building collapsed on two persons in a village in Upper Egypt’s Asyut, killing an elderly man and injuring his nephew, Youm7 reported Tuesday.
The wall reportedly fell down next to a house owned by the victim Hamed Hassan, 65yrs, in Arab el-Atawla Village.
Hassan was pronounced dead on site, and his nephew Mansour Rashed, 13 yrs, was taken to the hospital suffering injuries.
Last month, an elderly Alexandrian woman died after part of an atrium wall collapsed due to strong winds while the 85-year old was inside, according to Youm7.
Building collapses have often occurred in Egypt, with reasons commonly attributed to construction violations and illegal extensions.
Poor construction and lack of maintenance have also reportedly caused several collapses over the past months, especially in Upper Egypt’s impoverished villages where buildings are usually made of mud bricks and roofed by palm fronds.
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.)