At least 65 people were killed in a giant landslide at Ethiopia’s largest rubbish dump this weekend, officials said on Monday, with entire families including children buried alive in the tragedy
This is reported by The Guardian
“The rescue operation is still ongoing. Security personnel and rescuers are trying their level best to locate any possible survivors, while searching for the dead,” said communication minister Negeri Lencho.
Police and firefighters combing a “vast area” at the dump outside Addis Ababa found bodies throughout the day, Lencho said.
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“The number of dead has reached 65,” said Dagmawit Moges, head of the city communications bureau.
Many of the victims were squatters who scavenged for a living in the 30-hectare (74-acre) dump.
“Those at the top [of the dump] were taken by this pile, because it split and people could not make [their] way out of this debris,” Lencho said, adding that most of the dead recovered were women and children.
The landfill is the country’s largest and home to perhaps hundreds of people who collected recyclables that were trucked in from neighbourhoods around the city of about 4 million people.