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Residents' anger erupts after Cairo landslide

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Residents' anger erupts after Cairo landslide


Rescuers are continuing the search for survivors, the day after a massive landslide devastated a shanty town in Cairo. Sources said around 30 people were killed and around 40 injured, when boulders fell from nearby cliffs crushing houses in the town. Dozens are said to be still trapped in the rubble.

While bulldozers and cranes now help the rescuers move heavy rocks, they arrived only at nightfall on Saturday, many hours after the disaster occurred. Local resident Ahmed Fikry said: “None of the officials came to the scene. They said they would bring specialists to help but no one came, and they didn’t bring anything.”

Sorrow turned to anger, which soon boiled over. While some mourners screamed in grief, others clashed with police, angry with officials at the slow rescue effort. “These people should have been moved from their houses before this happened,” another resident said. “We blame the government for this. Egyptian blood can not be spilled this cheaply.”

There have been landslides before in the area. The shanty towns are crudely built, contributing to the instability of the surrounding terrain.

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