Five Emirati families comprising 35 people in Sharjah are crammed into an old shabby house that could fall at any time after the collapse of part of the ceiling, according to an Arabic language newspaper.
A committee from the Sharjah Municipality examined the house and found that it is no longer safe for living and must be either levelled down or maintained urgently, 'Emarat Al Youm' said.
The committee made its report after parts of the ceiling and the steps collapsed on Wednesday but no one was hurt.
The families, all related, inherited the house from their father who built it in 1988. They have all been crammed into the house after failing to get new accommodation despite their recurrent pleas to the government.
“We live in the house in a state of fear in the absence of other choice…we fear that the house could collapse on hour heads at any time in the absence of maintenance,” said Rashid Mohammed, an inhabitant of the house.
He said they had been to the housing department but were told to go to the Emirti Diwan (Court), which told them to go to the municipality.
“We no longer know where to go…every party sends us to another party and no one wants to shoulder responsibility…we need an urgent solution…what they should know is that we are five families living in a house that could fall part at any time…we want a solution urgently even if it is temporary.”