A preliminary investigation report cited three possible reasons for last month’s collapse of a building in Beirut which killed 27 people, said Interior Minister Marwan Charbel Friday.

According to Charbel, the preliminary report cited “the removal of an old wall from the ground floor or the first floor for the purpose of internal partitioning” as a possible reason behind the collapse.

The second possibility could be “the limited negative impact caused by the construction of the new adjacent building.”

The report also cites “the factor of moving groundwater,” Charbel added, noting that “this issue requires a soil survey.”

He said a final report would be issued on February 15, 2012.
Sources: [Naharnet] & [DailyStar]