Egypt Independent

Four dead, nine injured in Mahalla building collapse



Four people were killed and nine others injured after a four-story building collapsed Thursday evening in al-Mahalla, in Gharbiya governorate.
 
Police found the body of the fourth victim on Friday morning. Meanwhile, eight ambulances took the injured to area hospitals.
 
Authorities began a detailed investigation of the incident on Friday by removing the rubble and surveying the entire area to determine the effect of the collapse on nearby buildings. 
 
Building collapses are not uncommon in Egypt as many buildings are built with shoddy contracters or without government approval.
 
In January, an eight-floor building collapsed in Alexandria, killing 28 people. The building had been built without a license, as all the other buildings in the neighborhood, apart from four. Witnesses speculated that improper sewage drainage under the building's foundation might have facilitated the collapse.
 
 
Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm