Tall Buildings in Alexandria – level 3

25-09-2017 15:00

A collapsing 13-storey housing block in Alexandria, Egypt, was luckily caught by a neighbouring high-rise, preventing it from toppling over completely.

Such an incident is no rarity in the Egyptian port city where high-rises have been collapsing at a rate of one per year. As a building engineer explained, in the field of real estate investment in Alexandria, most people who are working are, in fact, not engineers. What is even bizarre, he added, is that they also do not hire engineer to work for them, meaning that they work without any professional engineering expertise at all.

Mohamed Hafez, the building’s owner, said that the government gave him the option to restore the building but not to tear it down, so he told them that he will not be responsible for the building or its residents if it collapses. However, a government construction team is now tearing the tower down floor by floor.

Difficult words: prevent (stop something from happening), topple (overbalance and fall), expertise (expert skill or knowledge in a particular field).

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