The Cairo building collapses; at least 18 killed

 The Cairo building collapses;  at least 18 killed

The death toll for an apartment building collapse in the Egyptian capital of Cairo on Saturday rose to 18, according to state media.
“Emergency teams in Cairo managed to recover 18 bodies from under the rubble of the … collapsed property,” Al-Ahram newspaper reported.

Cairo governorate initially reported that five people were confirmed dead and 24 injured in the incident, in Gesr Suez district, near Heliopolis, east of Cairo.

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Governor Khaled Abdel Aal “immediately went to the scene of the incident, accompanied by civil protection forces,” Cairo governorate said earlier today.

He ordered the “creation of an engineering committee” to inspect surrounding buildings for damage, he said in a statement.

“They took four people in front of me, who seemed almost gone,” said Mohamamed Mostafa, a resident of the neighborhood.

Civilians and security forces watch as rescuers search for survivors, using a bulldozer, in the rubble of a collapsed building in the popular Gesr Giza neighborhood, east of the capital Egyptian Cairo, March 27, 2021 (AFP)

Egypt has suffered several deadly building collapses and industrial fires in recent years, due to the dilapidation of many premises and poor compliance with town planning regulations.

The latest building collapse came the day after a fatal train crash in southern Sohag governorate on Friday, which killed 19 people.

Sharqia governorate also said on Saturday that a fire had ravaged dilapidated shops near the main train station in the eastern town of Zagazig.

There were no deaths.

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