Today Egypt woke up on a catastrophic disaster that could have avoided if there had been a proactive regime that put the safety of its citizens regardless of their social status in its top priority.
According to news coverage over the hour about 17 persons were killed by a rockslide in Doweiqa shanty town at Manshiyat Nasser ,east of central Cairo. The rockslide source is the famous Mokattam Hill.
Massive boulders according to the shocking footage Al Jazeera that has just aired few minutes ago destroyed complete buildings.
The official news channel ,Nile news is saying that 17 persons were killed, 40 were transferred to the hospitals and 30 houses were damaged. Al Jazeera is speaking about no less than 500 persons are currently trapped under the wreckage and some of them are alive and called for help through their mobile phones. The people are trying to remove the rubbles by their hands and I think it is impossible,The army arrived and is arriving to the scene ,already it will be very difficult to bring bulldozers to the area , the streets are too narrow.
The people there complained several times and the government did not listen, this happened before in the garbage city in 1990s and no body gave a damn. The geologists are all agreed said that this area not to be inhabitant , the Mokattam Hill is from Limestone , Limestone according to scientists does not stand water , the sanitation form Mokattam City over the hill is built in a wrong way affecting the geology of the hill.
The people there spoke thousand times about this , about the water leak and its effect on the hill, no gave them attention.
By the way there is some project called Susan Mubarak residential project where they built 5000 units to transfer the Doweiqa town people to , till now no one transferred anybody and the as you can use this is the result .
I am too angry and I know we are in Ramadan ,the prayers of those families trapped under those boulders will be like curses following those who did not give a damn about them.
Here is a very sad report from Reuters and Yahoo! News
Here is a photo from Al Jazeera,
Wait for more updates :(
Update No.1 :
- It is 1:12 PM now and there is no news that someone was saved , this is bad.
- The size of the boulders are between 60-70s tons
50 houseswere destroyed taking in to consideration that they are built by very poor materials,the reports are speaking about 100 houses :(
- Here is the BBC Arabic report with photos and footage from the location.
- Here is a video from Al Jazeera
- 3 living survivors were able to be saved and currently transferred to the hospital according Nile News
- There is a slide show from Yahoo! News "thanks Mohamed"