Residents were recently evacuated from their homes after their apartment building began to topple, looking like something similar to the leaning tower of Pisa.
Initially, the building was set to be four floors tall when it was built in 2002. However, by 2004, the structure had been ordered to be removed due to the flaws in its foundations. This was not done though and instead, the residents, at their own risk, continued to live in the building. Then, later, the owner of the block of flats decided to add a further nine floors. This was done illegally and without permission.
Now, around twelve years later, the Egyptian building’s cracked foundations have let it down and the structure has toppled. At around 8pm last Thursday, the foundations of the building began to crack. Then, by half-past two in the morning, the building had completely tilted over. Translated by Ruptly TV from local Arabic, a resident described: “they used loudspeakers to urge us to come out because it was very dangerous.”
“It’s the fault of the municipality and officials in Alexandria because some were bribed to allow the construction of this building despite a complete failure to adhere to safety standards.”
“Officials were aware of the huge problem but they stood still, and now we are in the street.”
Take a look at the footage here:
Apparently though, it’s not unusual for this kind of incident to occur in Egypt. Instead, due to illegal floor additions, inadequate materials and government oversight, it is not uncommon for this kind of thing to happen.
But it’s not just Egypt that is under scrutiny in regards to the quality of their housebuilding. Here in the UK, big house builders are also under question as to whether they put quantity over quality. Take a look at what is being said here.
Not only that, but the poor quality of housebuilding has also been reported to have put children in A&E too! Read all about it here.
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