Apartment building collapses in Egypt's Assiut, killing two

Ahram Online , Monday 21 Dec 2015

One of those killed was a policeman passing by the building

Two people were killed when an apartment building collapsed in the southern city of Assiut, 500km (310 miles) south of Cairo, Ahram Arabic news website reported on Monday.

A policeman passing by on the street was one of the two killed when the three-storey building in the El-Sheikh Ali district in western Assiut caved in.

Rescue workers continued to dig through the debris early on Monday, ensuring that no survivors were trapped in the rubble .

The cause of the collapse was not immediately clear, but lax construction, violations of building specifications, and illegal extensions are usually blamed for the collapse of buildings in Egypt--a common occurrence.

Officials often report that dilapidated buildings are issued demolition orders that are not carried out. 

Eleven people were killed and two-dozen injured in November when two adjacent buildings collapsed in the city of Fayoum, south of Cairo.

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

Three others were killed days later in a similar incident in the Mediterranean city of Alexandria.

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