September 10, 2008

Death Toll From Cairo Rockslide Rises to 49

Death toll from Cairo rockslide rises to 49

CAIRO, Sept. 9 (Xinhua) -- The death toll from a massive rockslide in the east of the Egyptian capital of Cairo has risen to 49, the official MENA news agency reported on Tuesday, citing an official source.

Among the 57 injured, 16 of them are still receiving medical treatment at hospitals, Mohamed Sultan, head of Health Ministry's Central Department of Ambulance and Emergency, was quoted as saying.

On Saturday morning, the massive landslide in El-Deweiqa area, close to the eastern Cairo suburb of Nasr City, leveled a number of shanties in the slum area.

Huge boulders, estimated to weigh between 60 and 70 tons, buried about 30 houses at the foot of the Muqattam hill.

Security officials said that the casualties is expected to rise since an unknown number of people are estimated buried in the debris.

But hopes of finding more survivors are fading three days after the heavy boulders destroyed and buried the houses at the foot of the hills.

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