Death toll of Cairo rockslide climbs to 61

September 10th, 2008 - 5:44 pm ICT by IANS  

Cairo, Sep 10 (Xinhua) Sixty one people have been confirmed dead in Saturday’s massive rockslide in the east of Cairo, the Egyptian MENA news agency reported Wednesday.Thirteen people out of the 58 injured are still in hospitals for treatment, said health ministry official Mohammed Sultan.

On Saturday morning, the massive rockslide in El-Deweiqa area, close to the eastern Cairo suburb of Nasr city, levelled a number of shanties in the slum area.

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

Hopes of finding more survivors are fading four days after the heavy boulders destroyed and buried the houses at the foot of the hills.

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