Ethiopia rubbish landslide kills 48 people

13 March 2017

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. Many children were among the dead.

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. Hundreds of people attempt to make a living by scavenging at the landfill site, sifting through the rubbish for items they can sell.

There are fears the death toll could rise further.

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