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In pictures: Cairo rescue bid

The site of the rockslide in Cairo. Photo: 7 September 2008

At least 31 people died when a massive rockslide crushed a shanty town in Cairo on Saturday.

Rescuers search for survivors in Cairo. Photo: 7 September 2008

Many more - including children - are believed to be still buried in the rubble in the eastern Duwayqa district of the capital.

Rescue efforts at the site of the rockslide. Photo: 7 September 2008

Rescuers and local residents dug through the night - many of them scrabbling at the boulders with bare hands.

Crowd and rescuers at the site of the rockslide. Photo: 7 September 2008

However, officials admit that hopes of finding survivors are beginning to fade.

A woman stands amongst the rubble in Cairo. Photo: 7 September 2008

It was not clear what caused the rockslide, but some residents blamed the authorities for building poor quality houses close to unstable hills.



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