17 Jan 2013

Fatal building collapse

3:41 pm on 17 January 2013

At least 22 people were killed by the collapse of an apartment block in Alexandria, Egypt.

The eight-storey building in a working class district caved in just before 7am on Wednesday.

The BBC reports apartment blocks frequently collapse in Egypt because of lax building standards and poor maintenance.

Housing Minister Tarek Wafik said the building was put up in 2006 without a licence.