Egypt: Six people died when a house collapsed in Assiut

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A five-story building in the Qulta district of the city of Asyut has been reduced to nothing but rubble (Image: Getty)

This follows a residential building collapse that killed at least six people in southern Egypt yesterday.

Rescue teams recovered six bodies from under the rubble of a five-story building in the Qulta district of the city of Asyut, some 250 miles south of Cairo.

Essam Saad, the provincial governor, confirmed that two survivors were pulled alive from the rubble and taken to a local hospital.

A video shared on social media shows rescue workers trying to dig through all the debris at the scene.

Bulldozers and other equipment were also dispatched to clear and secure the site.

Meanwhile, people have also been asked to evacuate surrounding buildings over construction concerns.

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Crowds gathered at the scene of the incident on Sunday (Image: Getty)

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A rescue operation continued late Sunday night (Image: Getty)

Rescue teams were still searching for survivors as of Sunday evening while security forces cordoned off the area around the building.

It was not immediately known what caused the building to collapse, but incidents like this are common in Egypt.

Poor construction and poor maintenance are common in shanty towns, poor neighborhoods and rural areas.

The government has tried to crack down on illegal construction in recent years after decades of lax enforcement.

Mr Saad said officials were investigating the incident and checking surrounding buildings for the safety of residents.

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