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Sunday, 28 March 2021

The weekend had more tragedy in store

A multi-storey residential building collapsed in Cairo early yesterday, leaving at least 23 people dead and injuring 25 others, reports Al Bawabh. Civil defense and ambulance personnel are still searching for victims in the rubble of the building in Gesr El Suez, Cairo Governor Khaled Abdel Aal said after arriving at the scene. Police cordoned off the area and a technical committee was formed to determine the cause of the collapse. The Prosecutor general’s office is also investigating the accident. The collapse is so far thought to have been caused by the foundation crumbling under four floors being added illegally, Youm7 reports, citing unnamed Cairo Governorate sources.

The talking heads took note of the latest developments on the story, including the conclusion that illegal construction and building code violations caused the collapse: Kelma Akhira’s Lamees El Hadidi (watch, runtime: 7:53) | Hadith Al Kahera’s Khairy Ramadan and Karima Awad (watch, runtime: 3:57) | Masaa DMC’s Eman El Hosary (watch, runtime: 2:58).

The story is also getting plenty of digital ink in the foreign press this morning: The Associated Press | Voice of America | Reuters | Xinhua | Arab News | Sydney Morning Herald.

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