CAIRO, Nov. 3 (UPI) -- Egyptian health officials say a rock slide in early September that killed more than 100 residents of a Cairo slum is now threatening the lives of the survivors.
Residents who lived through the collapse of 60-ton boulders from the Muqattam cliffs are suffering respiratory problems from sewage that was unleashed by the rock slide, al-Arabiya reported Monday.
The walls and ceilings of houses in the slum are continually being soaked by sewage running down the cliffs, says the Arab language television news channel.
"A high rate of moisture input in a closed area with no ventilation is bound to create an unhealthy environment," Dr. Ahmed Kamal of Cairo's al-Howd al-Marsud hospital told al-Arabiya. "The resulting quality of air will definitely lead to breathing problems."
The Egyptian Ministry of Health and Housing says it is working closely with health centers and hospitals to find solutions to the problems residents are suffering.