CAIRO: Residents of 1,000 housing units in Doweika in the slum area of Manshiyet Nasser are being evacuated due to impending risk of rockslide on the houses, Deputy Cairo governor Mohamed Ayman told Youm7 Sunday.
Fears of rockslide in this area and subsequent evacuation are frequent due to its rocky nature; the place witnessed a disaster in 2008 when some 119 killed when a stone fall from Mokattam mountain.
The evacuations are taking place in five areas in streets located east and west Razaz St, Ahmed Hashim St, Amer St and Amer el-Mo’mneen St.
The displaced residents will be moved to houses in new residential projects.
In April 2014, Razaz Street has seen previous evacuations based on predictions of deadly rock slides,
Razaz is adjacent to the area of Doweika in Manshiyet Nasser, where a 2008 rockslide killed 119 people and injured 55 others. The issue had raised wide controversy over the authorities’ neglect of dangers to residents.
Two years after the Doweika rockslide, eight officials were brought to trial and sentenced to three to five years in jail, on charges of manslaughter. Six officials from the Manshiyet Nasser District department were sentenced, while two were found innocent, including a main suspect; the Deputy Governor at the time.
Additional reporting by Amira el-Fekki