Zamalek residents evacuate iconic building near Cairo metro work

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The building is located near ongoing excavation work to extend Cairo's underground metro. (Egyptian media)
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The building is located near ongoing excavation work to extend Cairo's underground metro. (Egyptian media)
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The building is located near ongoing excavation work to extend Cairo's underground metro. (Egyptian media)
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Updated 27 July 2020

Zamalek residents evacuate iconic building near Cairo metro work

  • Photos and videos shared online showed deep cracks in the building's walls and slight subsidence outside the building

CAIRO: Residents of a landmark building in Egypt’s upscale Zamalek district were forced to evacuate their homes on Sunday after a land subsidence.

The building is located near ongoing excavation work to extend Cairo's underground metro, Ahram Online reported, with people blaming ongoing construction work in the area for the incident.

Photos and videos shared online showed deep cracks in the building's walls and slight subsidence outside the building.

The Egyptian National Authority for Tunnels confirmed that a land subsidence has occurred but denied it was a result of the metro extension in the district. 

“Slight ground subsidence occurred at one of the corners of building number 17 in Brazil Street in Zamalek as well as at the front yard and fence of the (adjacent) Bahraini embassy," read the statement quoted by Ahram.

Residents of the area had been complaining for long about the impact of the construction on Zamalek’s older buildings. It is reported that several Egyptian starts from the golden age had once lived in the 12-storey building. 

On Sunday, the current residents were evacuated as they feared it might collapse, the report said. 

Engineering teams were dispatched to the location evaluate the situation and study the safety of the building.

Transport Minister Kamel El-Wazir said in televised comments late on Sunday that residents were given 30,000 Egyptian pounds ($1,877) each in order to find a temporary residence until they are able to return to their apartments, the report quoted him as saying.


Yemen’s FM blames Houthis for looming Safer oil tanker disaster

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Yemen’s FM blames Houthis for looming Safer oil tanker disaster

  • Al-Hadhrami stressed the importance of pressuring the Houthis to allow technicians from the UN to access the tanker
  • The tanker has been moored near Ras Issa oil terminal for more than five years

DUBAI: Yemen’s Foreign Minister Mohammed Al-Hadhrami blamed the Houthi militia for the Safer oil tanker’s looming disaster as the militia continued to block the United Nation’s help to access the damage. 
Al-Hadhrami stressed the importance of pressuring the Houthis to allow technicians from the international organization to access the tanker during a meeting with senior British diplomats on Thursday, state news agency Saba New reported.
Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia warned the UN Security Council that an “oil spot” has been sighted in a shipping lane 50 km west of abandoned and decaying Safer oil tanker off the coast of Yemen. Experts fear it could spill 1.1 million barrels of crude into the Red Sea.
The tanker has been moored near Ras Issa oil terminal for more than five years. The UN previously warned that it could leak four times as much oil as was spilled during the 1989 Exxon Valdez disaster off the coast of Alaska. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and the Security Council have repeatedly called on Houthi insurgents in Yemen to grant access the tanker for a technical assessment and emergency repairs.