Relatives of a victim react after the victim was found under the rubble of the buildings which collapsed in downtown Casablanca, July 13, 2014. REUTERS/Macao
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The scene was like an earthquake, but residents say the collapse of three buildings last week in Casablanca that killed 23 people was the man-made result of greed and corruption.Standing in front of the collapsed buildings, Abdelrahim al-Gouti said all the residents were to blame, for not having spoken out.Moroccan newspapers have criticized the sluggish response by the security services – whose efforts were interrupted several times due to a lack of equipment.But they also pointed the finger of blame at the poorly-regulated housing sector, which condemns many of Casablanca's 5 million residents to live in hazardous accommodation, including in the city's sprawling slums.After a string of similar accidents, the housing minister in 2012 said that between 4,000 and 7,000 buildings in Casablanca were at risk of collapse.
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