In Cairo 31 people died when a block of flats collapsed in the old part of the city.
GV ZOOM IN TO Collapse building.
SV ambulances standing by.
CU Personal possessions among debris.
SV PAN DOWN FROM collapsed building to bulldozer at work and twisted metal in foreground.
SV & LV bulldozers emptying debris into lorry with people watching as troops stand by. (3 shots)
LV PAN ZOOM IN TO CU bulldozer working and furniture and other articles in debris (2 shots)
CU Distraught woman watches cleaning up operations. (2 shots)
Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved
Background: In Cairo 31 people died when a block of flats collapsed in the old part of the city. Because many victims were still asleep when the building caved in they had no time to escape.
SYNOPSIS: The building collapsed early in the morning on Friday (5 August) when most of the 45 tenants were in bed. Among the few who did avoid injury were a family who'd spent the night away from home and a woman who'd left early to buy some milk.
The only other survivors still alive but badly injured were two girls pulled from the rubble by rescue workers. It was expected to take several days to recover all the bodies from the tons of wreckage. Two ad joining buildings had to be evacuated immediately because of large cracks which had appeared in their walls. Tents were set up in a nearby park to shelter the evacuees.
The owner of the building, a woman who lives in another house in the same district of Sayeda Zeinab, told police the building had been run down for years. She said she'd reported its condition to the authorities on several occasions -- the last time only 24 hours before the flats collapsed. But no action had been taken. Overcrowding in the poorer parts of Cairo has increased dramatically in recent years as people leave the land for the cities. Often a family of five, and sometimes as many as tan persons occupy one room with only one toilet serving an entire building.