CAIRO: A residential building in Alexandria was evacuated Saturday after a partial collapse that injured an elderly man, Youm7 reported.
The four-storey building is located in Ezbet Abdel Moneim Riyadh district in the Mediterranean city. It has been surrounded with barriers to secure passersby until a committee to examine the ramshackle building is summoned.
Aly, a 65 year old man happened to be near the building when a part of the roof’s fence fell onto him causing bruises in his left hand.
Last month, a woman was killed after her apartment building in Manshiya, east of Alexandria, partially collapsed.
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.)