Apartment building collapses in Cairo, killing at least 7 people, according to Egyptian state media

CAIRO (AP) — An apartment building collapsed in the Egyptian capital of Cairo on Monday, killing at least seven people, state media said, as rescuers at the scene excavated the rubble.

Building collapses are common in Egypt, where shoddy construction and lack of maintenance are prevalent in slums, city slums and rural areas.

State-run MENA news agency reported that rescue teams recovered at least seven bodies from the rubble of a four-storey building in Cairo’s Hadaeq el-Qubbah district.

Four survivors were also picked up and taken to hospital and authorities evacuated a nearby building, MENA said.

Police forces cordoned off the area as rescue teams scoured the rubble for possible survivors, according to local reports.

It is not immediately clear what caused the building to collapse.

The government has tried to crack down on illegal construction in recent years after decades of lax enforcement. Authorities are also building new towns and neighborhoods to relocate people living in at-risk areas.

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