Toll rises from Egypt building collapse
16 July 2012, 10:20
Alexandria - An apartment tower under construction
collapsed on adjacent buildings in the Mediterranean city of Alexandria,
killing 11 people, Egypt's Health Ministry said on Sunday.
The ministry said five other people were injured and that teams were searching for survivors buried under rubble.
11-story building in the poor Alexandria neighbourhood of al-Gomrouk
collapsed late Saturday onto three adjacent buildings, reducing many of
the structures to rubble.
All the dead and injured lived in the three smaller buildings.
collapses are not uncommon in Egypt, where shoddy construction is
widespread in shantytowns, poor city neighbourhoods and rural areas.
real estate at a premium in big cities like Alexandria and Cairo,
developers seeking bigger profits frequently violate planning permits
and exceed the number of stories allowed.