Scores die in Cairo rockfall

A huge chunk of rock weighing about 3,000 tons broke off an escarpment on the edge of Cairo yesterday and crushed nine houses at the foot, killing at least 30 people, Reuter reports from Cairo. Police said up to 50 people were still buried in the slum area of Manshiyet Naser. Quarrying and heavy rain was thought to have caused the collapse of the wall of rock from the Mokattam Hills on the edge of the city.

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