At least five people were killed and 23 injured on Saturday, March 27, when a ten-story residential building collapsed in Cairo’s districts, Egypt’s capital, the Al-Ahram newspaper reports.
According to the newspaper, the tragedy took place at night in the area with densely populated development Gisr-es-Sue. Rescuers are currently clearing the rubble in search of survivors. In addition, an operation is underway to rescue an entire family, which turned out to be covered with a pile of structures.
According to preliminary data, the emergency could be the fact that the homeowner illegally added two floors to the building. The local prosecutor’s office has already begun an investigation into this fact.
On May 7, 2007, a four-story residential building located in a workers’ quarter collapsed in a suburb of Cairo: three people died under the rubble.
Building collapses in poor neighbourhoods in Egyptian cities tend to be due to building safety violations and lack of repairs. It is not uncommon for residents to build on additional floors without the approval of the municipal authorities.