Rubbish Landslide Kills 48 in Ethiopia

Rubbish Landslide Kills 48 in Ethiopia

by | 13th March 2017
Ethiopia rubbish landslide.

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 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 five decades.


A city spokeswoman told AP news agency that many children were among the dead.


There are fears the death toll could rise further.


Local residents said they heard a big sound and saw something like a tornado rushing towards them when the landslide occurred.


Some houses had been swallowed by the landslide with family members still inside.


Hundreds of people attempt to make a living by scavenging at the landfill site, sifting through the rubbish for items they can sell, the BBC’s Emmanuel Igunza in Addis Ababa reports.


Some people even resided at the rubbish dump permanently.