At least four dead after Cairo building collapses


Four people have been killed after a four-storey apartment building collapsed Cairo as rescuers continued to search through the rubble.

The collapse occurred in the Hadaeq el-Qubbah neighbourhood, 3.2km from the city centre, Cairo's governate said in a statement. At least three others were injured.

It's unclear what caused the collapse. Egypt's public prosecutor was investigating the incident, the governate said.

In a separate statement, Egypt's Ministry of Social Solidarity said it would give 60,000 Egyptian pounds ($A3035) to the families of the dead.

Fatal building collapses are common in Egypt.

In recent years, the government has tried to crack down on illegal buildings after decades of lax enforcement. Authorities are also building new cities and neighbourhoods to rehouse those living in areas that are at risk of collapse.

Many cities across Egypt still have large swaths of unlicensed apartment blocks and shantytowns in breach of building regulations.

In July, 12 people were killed when a different five-storey building collapsed in Hadaeq el-Qubbah. At least six people died when cooking gas cylinders packed into the basement of a apartment block in the northern city of Damanhour exploded in February.