11 dead, 24 injured after 2 buildings collapse in Egypt's Fayoum

Ahram Online , Monday 9 Nov 2015

A two-year old and a seven-year old boy were among those killed

The collapse of two adjacent buildings early on Sunday in the city of Fayoum, south of Cairo, left 11 dead and 24 others injured.

The buildings collapsed after the owner of an adjacent empty property used a huge excavator to dig the land that accidentally lead to the collapse of one building on to the other which, in turn, instantly collapsed.  

The head of the ambulance authority in Fayoum, Sameh Mohamed, told Ahram Arabic news website on Sunday that a seven-year-old boy and a 30-year-old were among the casualties.

The body of a two-year old boy was also removed from the rubbles on Monday morning.

In a similar incident early in November, a woman was killed and another injured when a derelict apartment building collapsed in the Mediterranean city of Alexandria.

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

 

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