2008 Cairo landslide
Boulders weighing as much as 70 tons rolled into the shantytown following the landslide. After most of the neighborhood had been flattened, those families still living in the slum were evicted and any remaining buildings were flattened by the government. As a result hundreds of families were left homeless and many still live in squalor near the site of the disaster, despite government promises to find them homes.
The cause of the landslide has not been definitively determined, but theories included leaked sewage from development projects that eroded rocks. An internal investigation determined that the slide was caused by "fate" and no one would be blamed for it.
Amnesty International reports that thousands of Egyptians still continue to live in unsafe slums.
In May 2010, a court found Mahmoud Yassin, a Cairo deputy governor, guilty of negligence and sentenced him for 5 years of imprisonment. Seven other officials were sentenced to 3 years each.
- Egypt jails government officials over Cairo rockslide BBC
- Following the rockfall, Egyptian slum dwellers have little more than hope Christian Science Monitor, March 20, 2009.
- Cairo's poorest risk being buried alive in their homes Amnesty International
- Emaar accused of culpability in Duweiqa rockslide Daily News, Egypt.
- Compounding the Loss Al-Ahram, Egypt.
- Egypt’s Deadly Infrastructure Problems
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