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Apartment building collapses in Egypt's Alexandria, second in days

Building collapses are commonplace in Egypt and are usually due to violations of building specifications, illegal extensions, and lax construction

Ahram Online , Sunday 1 Nov 2015
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A woman was killed and another injured when a derelict apartment building collapsed on Sunday in the Mediterranean city of Alexandria, Ahram Arabic news website reported, the second such incident in days.

Building collapses are commonplace in Egypt and are usually due to violations of building specifications, illegal extensions, and lax construction.

Provincial security official, Omar Gab Allah, said the three-story building in the western Al-Labban district caved in due to its depilated condition and cracks in the structure.

He said the building had been issued a demolition order that was not upheld as one of the families residing there refused "at their own risk."

Rescue workers continued to search through the rubble to find more survivors.

On Wednesday, three people were killed when an apartment bloc crumpled in the city's eastern Abu Kir district.

Early in October, seven people died and two were injured when their apartment bloc subsided in Cairo's working class district of Shubra.

In September, at least four people were killed when a residential building collapsed in the governorate of Assiut, south of Cairo.

Heavy rains hit Alexandria last week, causing some streets and homes to flood due to the city’s poorly maintained infrastructure and drainage systems. 

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