Rain causes building collapse in Egypt's Alexandria, 3 dead

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Wednesday, October 28, 2015

CAIRO, Egypt -- A senior Egyptian police official in the Mediterranean port city of Alexandria says recent heavy rains have caused an apartment building to collapse, killing at least three people and injuring nine.

Police Maj. Gen. Ahmed Abdel-Galeel says the three-story building caved in early Wednesday. The area has been hit by rare rainstorms in the past days.

The governor of Alexandria resigned Monday over the poor government response to the rainstorm. At least six other people have died in Alexandria due to flooding in the city.

The deaths have led to scathing media criticism of the government's perceived negligence and underlined the poor condition of infrastructure in a country of some 90 million people.

Building collapses are not unusual in Alexandria, where shoddy construction is common.