Around the world, in countries with paltry building codes, little enforcement of existing rules and the proliferation of informal housing, tragedies like Thursday’s building collapse in Florida — where scores of people are still missing — have taken a heavy toll.
Among the missing is the first cousin of a former president of Chile, where in 2019 at least six people died when two houses collapsed in the port city of Valparaiso. Others are from Argentina and Colombia, sites of two deadly building tragedies that killed at least a dozen people in each country in 2013.
On Friday, five people were killed in the coastal Egyptian city of Alexandria after a five-story building collapsed — an all-too-frequent event in a country where planning permits are often bypassed or violated and makeshift structures house millions of people.
At least two people died in Brazil when a four-story residential building crumbled June 3 in a slum in Rio de Janeiro, where organized crime is known to have a hand in shoddy construction projects.