Eight dead in Egypt building collapse

Cairo - The collapse also injured at least two dozen people.

By Web Report

Published: Sat 27 Mar 2021, 4:07 PM

Last updated: Sat 27 Mar 2021, 4:08 PM

Eight people died and at least two dozen were injured after a multi-storey building collapsed in Cairo early Saturday morning.

According to Arab News, the incident took place in the Egyptian capital’s Gesr Al Suez district, which has been cordoned off by police while civil defence forces are conducting a search and rescue operation.

"The governorate's crisis room was informed at 3:00 am (0100 GMT) of the collapse of a building consisting of a basement, a ground floor and nine (upper) floors," the Cairo governorate said in a statement.

The Egyptian Public Prosecution has ordered an urgent investigation into the reasons behind the collapse which has not thus far been specified.

The incident comes not a day after Egypt’s upper governorate of Sohag witnessed a catastrophic train collision that killed at least 32 people.

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