Death toll in Alexandria building collapse rises to 4 as search efforts continue

El-Sayed Gamal El-Din , Tuesday 27 Jun 2023

Four people are now confirmed dead as civil protection units managed on Tuesday to find one more body under the rubble of the building that collapsed Monday in Alexandria, Egypt’s second-largest city.

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Civil defence first responders search through rubble at the scene of a collapsed 13-storey-building in the Sidi Bishr district of Egypt s northern city of Alexandria on June 26, 2023. AFP


The identity of the latest victim remains unknown as rescue operations to determine if more people were trapped under the rubble continue, with five residents still reported missing.

Earlier today, the civil protection units pulled the body of a 13-year-old boy, Abdullah Mahfouz, from the rubble just one day after recovering the bodies of Mostafa Othman, 22, and Hamdy El-Sayed, 40.

Four individuals who sustained minor injuries in the collapse left the hospital on Monday after receiving medical treatment.

The 13-story apartment building, accommodating Egyptian holidaymakers, collapsed in Alexandria's Sidi Bishr neighbourhood on Monday, prompting heightened vigilance among the local authorities, including the governorate's apparatuses and health and social solidarity facilities.

"The top floor of the building had already received a demolition order, and the entire property was examined by a committee responsible for inspecting buildings at risk of collapse," Governor of Alexandria Mohammed El-Sherif said.

The Public Prosecution issued an order to detain a contractor for four days pending investigation over charges of carrying out unauthorized constructions on the top floor and ignoring the demolition order.

It also launched an investigation into the collapse, sending a team to inspect the scene. The prosecution instructed civil defence and municipal officials to secure the area and adjacent properties.

A committee from the governorate's Housing Directorate has also been formed to determine the cause of the incident and examine the building's documentation, according to a statement by the prosecution.

The Decent Life Foundation announced  Monday that it would provide EGP 25,000 to the victims' families.  

The foundation said it had also deployed field monitoring teams in Alexandria to provide on-ground support to the affected individuals.


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