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19 dead in Cairo building collapse

Building collapses in Matariya district of eastern Cairo, people still believed to be trapped under the rubble

Ahram Online, Tuesday 25 Nov 2014
Matariya
Rescue workers and volunteers search for survivors in the rubble of a building that collapsed in the Cairo suburb of Matariya, early Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014 (Photo: AP)
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At least 19 people died and seven injured when a building collapsed in Cairo’s Matareya district in the early hours of Tuesday, Al-Ahram Arabic news website reported.

Others are still thought to be missing under the rubble.

The building is believed to have been inhabited by 25 people.

A preliminary inspection of the site by prosecutors showed the owner had added two extra floor to the building without planning permission, and the second floor was undergoing renovation at the time of the collapse.

Both of these factors could have contributed to the collapse, prosecutors said.

Only four of the six floors were occupied.

It is not uncommon for buildings to collapse in Egypt, often due to age, illegal extensions and failure to comply with building regulations.

 

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