Five Dead After Building Collapses In Alexandria

A 12 story block of flats collapsed in Alexandria, Egypt killing at least five people on Monday. The youngest victim was only four years old. There is fear that more are dead laying in the rumble.

The known dead are a young girl, two men and two women. Ambulances and civil defense teams rushed to the area pulling bodies out.

40 to 50 people lived in the building. Many had already left for school or work when the building toppled.

In 1995 the top two floors were ordered to be removed because of building laws but that order was never followed. The governor of Alexandria Adel Labib today ordered that the two buildings on either side of the collapsed structure be evacuated. Both buildings were damaged in the collapse.

Building collapses are commonplace in Egypt. Many are not built to code standards and are of poor materials.

Penalties against poor Constitution were boosted in 1996 after a building collapse in Cairo left 64 dead. An earthquake in Cairo that left 500 dead in 1992 damaged at least 40 percent of homes in that city.

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