File - A civil defense worker, center, fixes a Lebanese flag during searches at the site of a collapsed building in Beirut's Ashrafieh district, Lebanon, Monday, Jan. 16, 2012. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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Two years after the collapse of the ill-fated Fassouh building in Ashrafieh that claimed the lives of 27 individuals, officials and survivors said Friday that not enough had been done to ensure old buildings in and around the capital were made safe to avoid a similar tragedy.While the Fassouh tragedy started a national conversation about unsafe buildings, most of the efforts since have focused on new structures and construction sites, not older sites.The Fassouh building, in Beirut's Ashrafieh district, collapsed on Jan. 15, 2012, killing 27, injuring at least a dozen others and leaving several families homeless. The conference opened with a documentary on the collapsed building, which featured interviews with survivors, families of the victims and the Civil Defense.
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