Several people died in southern Egypt today after a building fell to the ground.
A residential building in Beni Suef on the Nile river collapsed, leaving three children dead and nine others injured, local media outlets reported. The three deceased were reportedly siblings aged between eight and 12 years old.
Local media did not say what caused the collapse.
Building collapses are a major problem in Egypt due to shoddy construction work and weak oversight. In March, more than 20 people died when a building collapsed in the capital Cairo. Authorities said the incident was due to the owner adding seven floors to the structure within a short period, which overloaded the foundation, among other issues. In July, a building collapse in Giza outside of Cairo led to one death. In September, three lawyers died in a Cairo suburb after rescue workers could not retrieve them when a building hosting their office collapsed.