The death toll from the collapse of an apartment building in the Egyptian capital Cairo on Saturday has risen to 18, state media said.
“Emergency crews in Cairo managed to recover 18 bodies from under the rubble of the … collapsed property,” the Al-Ahram newspaper reported.
The Cairo governorate initially reported that five people were confirmed dead and 24 injured in the incident, in the Gesr Suez district near Heliopolis, east of Cairo.
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Governor Khaled Abdel Aal “immediately went to the scene of the incident, accompanied by civil protection forces,” the Cairo governorate said earlier that day.
It ordered the “establishment of an engineering committee” to inspect surrounding buildings for damage, it said in a statement.
“They pulled four people out in front of me, who looked like they were almost gone,” said Mohamamed Mostafa, a resident of the neighborhood.
Egypt has suffered several fatal building collapses and industrial fire accidents in recent years, due to the deterioration of many facilities and failure to adhere to planning standards.
The latest building collapse came the day after a deadly train accident in the southern province of Sohag on Friday, in which 19 people were killed.
Sharqia governorate also said Saturday that a fire ripped through dilapidated shops near the main train station in the eastern city of Zagazig.
There were no deaths.