Civil protection forces managed to rescue an old woman who was trapped under the debris of a two-story building that collapsed in Alexandria، earlier today، Tuesday.
Public prosecution has been notified for further investigations.
Unsafe buildings often collapse across Egypt، with occasional deaths and injuries.
In some cases، the buildings were already vacated or at least earmarked for demolition، although others simply collapse unexpectedly due to poor construction or heavy rain.
Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights (EIPR)launched preliminary findings on building collapse phenomena through interactive website، according to Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights website.
EIPR launched the interactive website egyptbuildingcollapses.org، which visualizes data and analysis gathered over the course of one year، July 2012 to June 2013، documenting 392 residential building collapses which resulted in 192 deaths and 824 families made homeless.
The preliminary findings have shown that in-spite of a battery of laws that regulate، in much detail، construction and building maintenance، the lax enforcement of these laws by government authorities has led to the periodic occurrence of disastrous collapses.
These unchecked actions have been responsible for 52% of collapses، in addition to a staggering 90% of deaths and 65% of the families made homeless.
In addition to lax regulation of construction and building maintenance، these findings have shown another main cause behind the collapses.
The lack of proper planning and development، such as rising ground water in quickly urbanising villages that lack proper waste water infrastructure or acts of nature such as flash floods in areas unprepared for this seasonal phenomena، have been responsible for 46% of collapses and 10% of deaths.
They have also resulted in the displacement of 33% of the total number of families displaced because of building collapses.
Most people see these collapses as fate، although there exists a developed legal framework to prevent such disasters from happening، and government agencies paid and entrusted to enforce these laws and ensure the safety of residents.