Dozens dead in landslide at Ethiopian garbage dump


At least 30 people died and dozens more were hurt in a giant landslide at Ethiopia’s largest rubbish dump outside Addis Ababa, a tragedy squatters living there blamed on a biogas plant being built nearby. The landslide late on March 11 saw dozens of homes of people living in the dump levelled after a part of the largest pile of rubbish at the Koshe landfill collapsed. Photo by Zacharias Abubeker/AFP/Getty Images

Dozens of people were killed on Saturday during a landslide at a garbage dump in the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa.

An estimated 150 people were inside the Koshe Garbage Landfill when the landslide took place. At least 46 people were killed and 37 people have been rescued, but several dozen people remain missing.

On Sunday, rescuers continued to dig through piles of refuse with excavators, searching for the dead and injured, the Associated Press reported. Most of the dead were women and children.

Some residents of Addis Ababa forage inside the landfill for food and other items that can be sold. The landfill has been used for more than 50 years, with other, smaller landslides reported in recent years. Many people have also constructed mud and concrete homes inside the landfill.

“My house was right inside there,” said resident Tebeju Asres, pointing toward an area where rescuers were working. “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 mayor of Addis Ababa said the city would now work to relocate those who live in the landfill. An estimated 500 people rely on it to make a living, officials said.