Ethiopia: Landslide Kills 48 at Garbage Dump in Capital

Ethiopia: Landslide Kills 48 at Garbage Dump in Capital
Ethiopia: Landslide Kills 48 at Garbage Dump in Capital

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 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.

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Efforts are still under way to find people missing since the landslide late Saturday that 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 centers in other parts of the city,” he said.Try Newsweek: Subscription offers

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