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Woman killed in partial building collapse in Alexandria

Building collapses are recurrent in Egypt due to poor maintenance, with many such incidents occurring in Alexandria

Ahram Online , Monday 12 Jan 2015
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Egyptian 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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A woman was killed and her sister injured in a partial collapse of a building in in the coastal city of Alexandria Sunday, state-news agency MENA reported.

The ceiling of a room on the third floor of a three-story building located in Gherbal district near the city centre fell to the ground early evening Sunday.

The general prosecution is now investigating the case.

Building collapses have long been a problem in Egypt due to poor maintenance with the coastal city of Alexandria seeing a number of major building collapses in recent years.

In May 2014, a partial building collapse in Alexandria left a three-year old child dead.

 

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Sam Enslow
12-01-2015 11:21am
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Who is accountable?
These seem to be almost weekly events, but one never hears of responsible people being held to account. This also applies to illegal construction. No government official noticed them? Who approved these constructions, checked their progress? These events are not only dangerous to those occupying the buildings. They also undermine efforts to get the people to trust their government in this and other matters. This is inefficiency/corruption that people see every day. It affects them directly.
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