10 killed in Egypt after building collapses

2014-11-25 10:20
Rescue workers and civilians search for survivors in the rubble of an eight-story building that collapsed in the Cairo suburb of Matariya. (Ahmed Abdel Fattah, AP)

Rescue workers and civilians search for survivors in the rubble of an eight-story building that collapsed in the Cairo suburb of Matariya. (Ahmed Abdel Fattah, AP)

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Cairo - Police officials say at least 10 people were killed when an eight-story building collapsed in the western Cairo suburb of Matariya.

The officials said seven residents of the building were also injured when the building collapsed early on Tuesday. Rescue teams are searching for other survivors trapped under the rubble and several surrounding buildings have been evacuated.

The officials, speaking on condition of anonymity because they are not authorised to speak on the record, said the collapse was caused by unauthorised construction of several extra stories on the old building.

Building collapses are common in Egypt, where shoddy construction is widespread in shantytowns, poor city neighbourhoods and rural areas.

With a housing shortage and lax government oversight, developers seeking bigger profits frequently build without authorisation or permits.

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