Four people were killed on Thursday night when a five-storey building collapsed in Egypt’s Mansoura governorate, state news agency MENA quoted the local undersecretary of the health ministry as saying.
The deceased include a 10-year-old girl and a 15-year-old girl.
A search is currently underway for possible missing persons, estimated at two or three individuals, Health Undersecretary Saad Mecky added.
Head of the West Mansoura District Manal El-Ghandour told MENA that the building was old and the district issued a renovation decree in 2003, but the building’s inhabitants didn’t implement the decision.
Building collapses have long been a problem in Egypt and are usually due to poor maintenance, violations of building codes, illegal extensions or lax construction.