New building collapse in Cairo leaves elderly woman dead, others injured
An older woman was killed and two other people injured on Tuesday evening when an old 3-storey building partially collapsed in the Egyptian capital Cairo, the third similar incident in almost a week.
Preliminary investigations indicated that the building, located in the middle-class El-Khalifa neighbourhood, south of Cairo, had received a demolition order in 1990, which has never been put into effect, local state-run Al-Ahram newspaper reported.
Khalif's incident is one of many building collapses common in Egypt in recent years resulting from poor construction standards, especially in poor and lower-middle-class areas amid the alleged corruption and the lack of accountability.
On Monday, a five-storey residential building collapse in Cairo's Hadayiq al-Qubba neighbourhood claimed the lives of 14 people, including children. A seven-storey building fell apart in northern Beheira province a day earlier, leaving four people dead, including a 10-year-old child.
No official comment about the Khalifa incident has been released, while search and rescue operations are underway for possible survivors under the rubble.