The disaster caused by the collapse Monday evening of a building in Medinet Nasr in the suburbs of Cairo, unified policemen and civilians around a single objective: Overcoming this tragedy. The police, who, a day before, January 25th, was adorned with all its decorations and was preparing to celebrate his feast, was saddened by the loss of 13 of its crew, 4 officers and 9 soldiers, who perished under the rubble of the collapsed building.
Around 20 pm, Monday, a warehouse, located at the bottom of the eleven-storey building in the street "Abbas el-Akkad" at Nasr City (east of Cairo), caught fire. The fire, had revealed serious, the forces of Civil Defence did not lose a minute to evacuate tenants. 45 minutes later the building collapsed while police were still inside. A hundred of people who were in the building were able to be saved, while 13 policemen had appointment with death, the sacrifice is their duty.
Witnesing of this heroism and deeply touched by this sacrifice, citizens have rushed to lend their support to the police. The forces of civil defence have gained reinforcements. The places have been transformed into a hive of bees: Each citizen was doing his best to help the police to remove the bodies of victims, the Civil Defence were trying to identify their colleagues in the rubble with the hope of saving them.
Joy won the latter in finding one of their colleagues living, two hours after the disaster. But with time, the hope of finding survivors began to dissipate. One of the policemen said they heard the cries for help of the officer Amer Omeira which was soon to die. "I cried because he was dead," added the officer. Ebeid Ahmad said: "Without the sacrifice of the police, his timing and fast evacuation of tenants, the death toll of the accident would have increased" since the street Abbas el-Akkad is a commercial crowded street, especially with the approach of the feast of great bairam (feast of sacrifice).
Motivated by this spirit of sacrifice which dictates the faithful duty of generosity toward others, women were distributing sandwiches to the soldiers and officers in search of survivors, while an old man, aided by his cane, and his grand-son distributing bottles of water. Further, a group of young men offered juice and fruit to the soldiers. Amina, a resident of the street said that it was a duty: "We are all Egyptians and we appreciate the sacrifice of police martyrs... Those who work on the spot are tired", she added. "We are believers and know that disaster can happen anytime. May God help us and that we can always find someone by our side during disasters".
Sayed al-Amine, who works in a shop near the building collapsed, said that the store was transformed into a services office available to soldiers and officers on the scene. The pharmacy, located in front of the building, took care, for free, of officers and soldiers wounded ... then a phone store has put its aircraft serving shattered, for free. "Everyone was mobilized for duty," said al-Amine. "This is the true face of Egypt". While buldozers were removing the ruins, a mobile phone ringed under the rubble, one of the crew of the civil defence shouted "Stop", the four buldozers on the ground turned off their engine to realise a huge silence and everyone rushed to the sound with the hope of identifying a survivor... But in vain.
On the sidewalk in front of the building collapsed, a man sat stunned in shock refusing to speak. This man is one of the owners of the building ... He has just lost his son in this disaster, another son is hospitalized, while the third has disappeared and would perhaps still under the rubble. Other people, panicked, rushed to journalists warning that other buildings, built against the law in this area, are risking the same fate if the security services did not take adequate measures.
Thursday, the President instructed the government to destroy buildings in infraction with law on the costs of owners and bring to the court everyone who will neglicte this instruction.