More than 46 people have been killed as a result of a garbage dump landslide in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
Homes of people living in the 74-acre Koshe dump collapsed at the landfill which occurred on Saturday.
The head of the city communications bureau, Dagmawit Moges reported that 32 females and 14 male, as well as some children, died as a result of the garbage dump landslide.
A survivor of the disaster, Musa Suleiman Abdulah said he had heard a big sound and proceeded to take family members out of his wooden shack.
“When we came out, something like a tornado is rushing to us. We started to collect family members” and escape, he said. “People helped. My child and family left before the destruction happened.”
On Sunday some people were digging through the piles of rubbish looking for survivors, however, the local police prevented people from getting close to the garbage dump.
On Sunday the Mayor of Addis Ababa stated that 37 people have been rescued and were receiving medical treatment.
People living in the Koshe dump were living in make shift homes, more than 30 of which collapsed. While some were at the landfill to scavenge items in order to make a living, others lived there because renting homes were expensive.
“My house was right inside there,” said a shaken Tebeju Asres, pointing to where one of the excavators was digging in deep, black mud. “My mother and three of my sisters were there when the landslide happened. Now, I don’t know the fate of all of them.”
The garbage dump landslide in Addis Ababa was blamed on a biogas plant which was being built in the vicinity. Others felt it was due to the garbage dump being refilled.
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