16 September 2008
Just a brief update on the latest estimate of the loss of life in the landslides last week in Egypt and China:
Taoshi (Shanxi): as of 16th September the official death toll is 259 people. Searches continue (see above AFP image).
Manshiet Nasser (Cairo): as of 16th September the official death toll is 92 people. It appears that recovery actions have now ceased as the site is considered to be too dangerous. There are likely to be many victims still buried. It is difficult to see how recovery operations can be safely undertaken under blocks such as the above (Reuters image).