Egypt's transport minister Kamel El-Wazir inspected on Monday Zamalek district to follow up on damage to its buildings caused by the slight ground subsidence that occurred on Sunday.
The subsidence is believed to be the result of ongoing excavation works to extend Cairo's underground metro to run through the affluent district.
The slight ground subsidence was reported on Sunday at one of the corners of building number 17 on Brazil Street in Zamalek as well as at the front yard and fence of the adjacent Bahraini embassy.
Hisham bin Mohamed Al-Jowder, Bahrain's ambassador to Egypt and the permanent representative to the Arab League, accompanied El-Wazir during his tour, according to a statement by the Ministry of Transport on Monday.
Al-Jowder briefed El-Wazir on damage to the embassy's outer fence and an affiliated room. El-Wazir assured him repairs will start very soon.
Since the announcement that the extension of the third metro line will pass through Zamalek, many residents of the upscale district have expressed concerns, including about the impact of construction on the island’s older buildings.
The incident on Sunday revived the residents' concerns.
The metro’s extended third line will run from Heliopolis to Attaba district in Downtown Cairo and then through a Maspero stop to a new Zamalek stop, and on to the densely populated district of Imbaba on the Giza side of the Nile.