The partial collapse of two buildings in the Upper Egyptian governorate of Sohag resulted in the deaths of two children and the hospitalization of a third on Tuesday morning.
Two separate collapses were reported in the towns of Gerga and Tama, over 400 kilometers south of Cairo.
Bassem Massoud died in his family home in Gerga as the ceiling caved in without warning. The partial collapse was attributed to below par construction materials, including mud-bricks, date fronds and wooden beams, according to privately owned Sada al-Balad news website.
Rescue services rushed to the scene of the collapse but were unable to rescue the child.
Similarly, rescue services were deployed to the nearby Town of Tama after receiving notice that a second residential building had partially collapsed.
Rescue services were informed of two casualties prior to their arrival, according to state-owned Al-Ahram newspaper, which, along with several other media outlets attributed the collapse to the weakening of the building as a result of nearby construction work.
According to Sada al-Balad, the two-story building in Tama collapsed on the Monazea family of local farmers, resulting in the death of their 13-year-old daughter Radwa. The family’s five-year-old granddaughter Rodina is also reported to have suffered serious cuts and bruises and was admitted to a local hospital.
This second building was also alleged to have been constructed using sub-par materials, including red bricks and mud-bricks.
Prosecutors are investigating the sites of both collapses, but have ruled out any criminal malpractice.
Sohag governorate has recently witnessed numerous fatalities and injuries attributed to hazardous construction works. On August 19, six individuals — including three from the same family — died in Dar al-Salam whilst digging was underway for a wastewater drainage system outside a residential building.