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At least 48 people killed in garbage dump landslide in Ethiopia

Reuters , Monday 13 Mar 2017
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Excavators work after a landslide at a garbage dump on the outskirts of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in this still image taken from a video from March 12, 2017 (Photo: Reuters)
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 At least 48 people, 15 of them children, were killed in a landslide at a huge garbage dump on the outskirts of the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa, the city's spokesman said on Monday.

Hundreds of people live on the 50-year-old Reppi dump, the city's only landfill site, scavenging for food and items they can sell such as recyclable metal.

Efforts are still under way to find people still missing since the landslide late on Saturday which destroyed 49 dwellings, city spokesman Amare Mekonen said. Twenty-eight people were being treated in hospital.

"In a bid to prevent such things happening again, people who were living in this area have now been taken to youth centres in other parts of the city," he said.

 

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