10K EGP for families of Ataba fire victims: Solidarity Min.
A man stands near debris left by a massive fire that erupted May 9 at an old Cairo district, Ataba, leaving dozens injured. Photo by Hassan Mohamed / Youm7.

CAIRO: A total of 10,000 EGP ($1,120) will be dispensed to the families of every person that died in the Monday Ataba fire, and 1,000 EGP for every injured victim, according to a Wednesday decision by the Solidarity Ministry.

“We are currently inventorying the losses resulting from the fire which will be determined tomorrow; hence we will coordinate efforts with the civil society and private sector to provide subsidies that may contribute to those affected,” Youm7 quoted Solidarity Minister Ghada Waly as saying.

Street vendors who display their goods on pavements will be put into consideration on top of store owners, although street vendors do not have documents on the size of their trade, Waly added.

Cairo governorate will also pay a maximum of 5,000 EGP in compensation to each person affected by the blaze, Youm7 reported.

The fire took hours to be extinguished, and was reignited briefly late Monday due to flammable materials and plastics. Losses are estimated to be in the millions (EGP).

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