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Earthquake victims remembered

A mother and her son stand in the huge hole where the Ricomex factory once stood in Metamorphosis, just north of Athens, during one of several memorial services for the 143 victims of the earthquake that devastated parts of Athens two years ago. Thirty-nine people died when the Ricomex factory collapsed in the 5.9-Richter quake. Yesterday, relatives and survivors accused the government of not doing enough to punish those guilty for allegedly sloppy construction. Some 5,000 people are still living in temporary housing units. The study on the post-2004 development of the airport grounds, in the form of a research project undertaken by Professor Louis Wassenhoven on behalf of the Organization of Athens, proposes the construction of shops, hotels and a business park, while land will also be set aside for housing development, after the Athens 2004 Olympics.