Building collapses in Egypt’s Gharbiya Governorate, killing 8

Egypt’s Civil Protection Forces on Friday morning retrieved the bodies of eight victims from the rubble of a collapsed five-story house in the al-Ragabi area of al-Mahalla al-Kubra city, Gharbiya Governorate.

The forces earlier recovered the bodies of a woman, Marwa Awad Aboul Enein, and her two children, Mohamed and Eyad.

The bodies of a 45-year-old woman and her two daughters, 21 years old and 17 years old, as well as that of a 13 year-old girl Mona al-Sayed Abdel Fattah, were also pulled from the rubble.

Three injured victims were also rescued from the collapse, and are receiving first aid and treatment in Mahalla al-Kubra General Hospital.

Gharbiya Governor Tarek Rahmy, his Secretary General Shaker Younis and the mayors of the cities of Tanta and al-Mahalla went to the scene, where a security cordon was imposed.

Rahmy instructed the Mahalla mayor to form an engineering committee to find out the cause of the collapse, as well to evacuate three neighboring houses.

The governor instructed Undersecretary of the Ministry of Health Abdel Nasser Hamida to announce a state of emergency in hospitals and to dispatch a number of ambulances to the location of the incident to transport victims to the hospital.

He also instructed the Undersecretary of the Ministry of Youth and Sports in Gharbiya, Ahmed al-Wakeel, to arrange accommodations for the affected families at al-Mu’tamidah Youth Hostel, and ordered Undersecretary of the Ministry of Social Solidarity Amani al-Nadiry to disburse aid and compensation to the families of the victims and those injured in the collapse.

Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm

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