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Building collapse kills six in Cairo

CAIRO (AP) – A building collapse early on Friday in the Egyptian capital of Cairo killed six people, authorities said, as rescuers at the scene searched through the rubble.

It was not immediately known what caused the collapse.

The city’s deputy governor, Ibrahim Abdel-Hadi, said in a statement released by the Interior Ministry that one family of six was believed to have been inside the six-storey building in the el-Waily neighbourhood when it gave way in the early hours of the morning.

He said workers were continuing to search through in the rubble.

People were also asked to leave the surrounding buildings because of structural concerns.

Rescue workers sift through the rubble of a collapsed building in El-Weili neighbourhood in Cairo. PHOTO: AP

Bulldozers and diggers were still lifting debris at the scene on Friday afternoon.

A neighbouring building had lost part of a wall, exposing the interior of an apartment.

Building collapses are common in Egypt, where shoddy construction and lack of maintenance is widespread in shantytowns, poor city neighbourhoods and rural areas.

The country’s government has tried to crackdown on illegal building in recent years after decades of lax enforcement. But the megacity still contains entire neighbourhoods of unlicenced red brick apartment buildings and shantytowns.