10 killed in high-rise collapse in Egypt


Amazing how a place such as Egypt, which had such an advanced civilization three thousand years ago, has made little headway since. The fact is that most ancient civilizations have advanced relatively little in the past several thousand years. TGO

Refer to story below. Source: Associated Press

Associated PressAssociated Press

ALEXANDRIA, Egypt (AP) — Egypt’s Health Ministry says 10 people have been killed when an apartment tower under construction collapsed on adjacent buildings in the Mediterranean city of Alexandria.

The ministry said Sunday that five other people were injured and that search teams are searching for survivors buried under rubble.

The 11-storey building in the poor Alexandria neighborhood of al-Gomrouk collapsed late Saturday onto three adjacent buildings, reducing much of the structures to rubble. All the dead and injured lived in the three smaller buildings.

Building collapses are not uncommon in Egypt, where shoddy construction is widespread in shantytowns, poor city neighborhoods and rural areas. With real estate at a premium in big cities like Alexandria and Cairo, developers seeking bigger profits frequently violate planning permits and exceed the number of stories allowed.

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