Published: Tue, March 14, 2017
World Media | By Joan Schultz

48 people killed in garbage dump landslide

48 people killed in garbage dump landslide

Saturday's landslide flattened dozens of homes.

The report quoted local resident Musa Suleiman Abdulah saying he heard "a big sound" and saw "something like a tornado. rushing to us" when the landslide occurred.

Most of the dead are woman and children and more are expected to be found, according to The Washington Post.

At a press conference he gave on Sunday evening, Addis Ababa mayor, Diriba Kuma confirmed the death toll rose to 46 from the previously lower figures officials had put.

The landfill has been a dumping ground for the capital's garbage for more than 50 years.

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Some of the victims were squatters living in shacks at the site; others were scavengers who dig through the garbage every day, looking for items to sell.

"My house was right inside there", Tebeju Asres told AP, pointing to an muddy area excavators were digging out.

"All my brothers and sisters were rescued but my mother is not answering her phone, she could still be inside that rubble", Tadesee said. The government had also been building a factory to convert waste products at the landfill into electric energy, he said.

About 150 people are believed to be living on the garbage pile, but it was not immediately clear how many people were missing.

Ethiopia, which has one of Africa's fastest growing economies, is under a state of emergency imposed in October after several months of sometimes deadly protests demanding wider political freedoms.

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