(ADDIS ABABA, LANKAPUVATH) – At least 48 people have been killed in a landslide at a vast rubbish dump on the outskirts of Ethiopia’s Capital Addis Ababa, officials say.
They say dozens of people are still missing since the landslide on Saturday night (11) at the Koshe landfill. A resident said 150 people were there at the time.
A number of makeshift houses are now buried under tonnes of waste.
The area has been a dumping ground for Addis Ababa’s rubbish for more than 5-decades.
A City Spokeswoman told Associated Press that many children were among the dead.
There are fears the death toll could rise further.
Local resident Musa Suleiman Abdulah told Agence France-Presse, he heard “A big sound” and saw “Something like a tornado… rushing to us” when the landslide occurred.
Tebeju Asres said that the family’s house had been swallowed by the landslide.
“My mother and 3 of my sisters were there when the landslide happened. Now I don’t know the fate of all of them,” he told Associated Press.
Hundreds of people attempt to make a living by scavenging at the landfill site, sifting through the rubbish for items they can sell, the British Broadcasting Corporation reported.
Some people even resided at the rubbish dump permanently.
The authorities have been building Africa’s first waste-to-energy plant near the landfill.
They plan to burn rubbish generated by the Capital’s estimated 4 million people and convert it into electricity.
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