EIPR, the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights, recently launched an interactive website egyptbuildingcollapses.org which visualises data and analysis gathered over the course of one year, July 2012 to June 2013, documenting 392 residential building collapses which resulted in 192 deaths and 824 families made homeless.
The preliminary findings have shown that in-spite of a battery of laws that regulate, in much detail, construction and building maintenance, the lax enforcement of these laws by government authorities has led to the periodic occurrence of disastrous collapses. These unchecked actions have been responsible for 52% of collapses, in addition to a staggering 90% of deaths and 65% of the families made homeless.
EIPR’s aim is to get both authorities and residents to take these building collapses more seriously, and work towards curbing such social and material loss.
It’s the power of data visualisation which make complex information accessible for many people. The Tactical Technology Collective made the visualisation for EIPR.
EIPR also make a blog with stories about individual accidents.