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Woman, toddler killed in mudbrick house collapse in Upper Egypt

Ahram Online , Monday 7 Mar 2016
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A 70-year-old woman and her infant grandchild were killed and two young people were injured late on Sunday when their house collapsed in the Upper Egyptian governorate of Qena, state news agency MENA reported.

The three-storey building that collapsed in the Nagaa Hamady town of Qena was made of mudbrick— a material commonly used to build houses in impoverished rural areas in Egypt.

Investigations are underway to pinpoint the cause of the collapse and examine adjacent buildings.

Around forty percent of Egypt's burgeoning population of 90 million live in poverty, many of whom reside in Upper Egypt.

In January, a 10-year-old girl lost her life in a similar collapse in the governorate.

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