The toll is heavy. At least 25 people died in the collapse of a building in a popular district of Cairo on Saturday, the state newspaper said on Sunday. Al-Ahram, as rescue operations continue. Civil protection forces have extracted new bodies from the rubble, according to the daily, which now reports a toll of at least 25 dead and 75 injured. The previous one, published Saturday evening by the same media, reported 18 dead.
A few hours after the events, the governorate of Cairo had reported an initial toll of five dead and 24 wounded. A security official, speaking on condition of anonymity, also said that the rescue services were continuing their research on this site in the Gesr Suez district, east of Cairo, where a residential building collapsed on Saturday morning. of 10 floors. Khaled Abdel Aal, the governor, ordered “the formation of an engineering committee” to inspect surrounding buildings and assess the impact of the incident.
Several buildings have collapsed in recent years in Egypt, causing many victims, due to their dilapidation and non-compliance with the legislation in terms of town planning. Saturday, a fire in particular ravaged dilapidated shops near Zagazig station, according to the governorate of Charkiya (northeast), without causing any casualties.