CAIRO — An eight-story apartment building collapsed Wednesday in the port city of Alexandria, killing at least 25 people in the second deadly accident to hit the country in two days, according to police and health officials.
Mohammed el-Sharqawy, a senior official at the Health Ministry, said at least 12 people were injured and that rescuers were searching for survivors under the rubble.
The collapse came a day after 19 police conscripts were killed when the last car of the train they were riding in jumped the tracks and smashed into another train just outside Cairo.
The wreck sparked protests in several cities where demonstrators complained that the new government is failing to carry out reforms and overhaul the nation’s deteriorating public services.
President Mohammed Morsi’s government has blamed the train accident on nearly 30 years of misrule under Hosni Mubarak.
It was not immediately clear what caused the building to collapse, but violations of building specifications have been blamed for similar accidents in the past. The governor of Alexandria told Egypt’s official news agency that the building was constructed without a permit.