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Death toll in Addis Ababa garbage dump landslide exceeds 35 | Coastweek

ADDIS ABABA (Xinhua) -- Rescuers search for missing people at the site where a massive garbage dump landslide occurred at the outskirts of Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa. The number of people killed has exceeded 35 after a massive landslide hit a landfill at the outskirts of Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa, officials at the Addis Ababa City Administration told Xinhua. The landslide on Saturday night, which buried several buildings, has also caused the missing of dozens of local residents. XINHUA PHOTO WANG SHOUBAO

Death toll in Addis Ababa garbage dump landslide exceeds 35

ADDIS ABABA (Xinhua) -- The number of people killed has exceeded 35 after a massive landslide hit a landfill at the outskirts of Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa, officials at the Addis Ababa City Administration told Xinhua.

Dagmawit Moges, Head of Addis Ababa City Administration Communication Affairs Office, said that the death toll has now reached 35 and the number could rise as search for missing people is still on progress at the site where the landslide occurred.

The landslide on Saturday night, which buried several buildings, has also caused the missing of dozens of local residents.

The 36 hectare municipal landfill, which has been a dumping ground for Addis Ababa’s garbage for more than 50 years, is home for number of Addis Ababa dwellers who were apparently victim of a number of landslides including the latest one on Saturday night.

Diriba Kuma, Addis Ababa city Mayor, told reporters on Sunday morning that humanitarian activities and the search for missing people is well underway since the occurrence of the landslide at 8 pm on Saturday night.

Local residents also told Xinhua that a number of smaller landslides have occurred at the dumping site over the past years, yet none of them had a magnitude of the current one.

The Addis Ababa City Administration and the Addis Ababa University Horn of Africa Regional Environmental Center, in a bid to produce energy from the 50 years old landfill, have recently installed the first stage of a methane capture and flaring system, known as "Repi landfill gas project".
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UPDATE:

Death toll exceeds 50 in Ethiopia’s garbage dump landslide

ADDIS ABABA Ethiopia (Xinhua) -- The number of people killed has exceeded 50 after a massive landslide on Saturday night hit a landfill at the outskirts of Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa, officials at the Addis Ababa City Administration told Xinhua on Monday.

Dagmawit Moges, Head of Addis Ababa City Administration Communication Affairs Office, said that the death toll has now exceeded 50, while the number of people injured has reached 28, of whom two are highly injured.

According to Dagmawit, this number could rise as the search for missing people is still ongoing at the site where the landslide occurred.

The city administration, after organizing a committee to respond properly to the crisis, has already evacuated 300 inhabitants from the area, in an effort to avoid the impact of similar other tragic incidents.

Dagmawit, however, indicated that since almost all residents in the area are informal settlers, the number of people missing has not been yet confirmed.

The condition at the 50-year-old landfill is said to be a bigger challenge for emergency personnel who are working "day and night" to save the lives of those residents who are missed.

The number of bodies found dead at the site was initially reported to be 15.

This number, however, mounted to 35 later on Sunday and 45 on Monday morning.

Officials at the city administration are still unsure whether this number could rise or not.

The massive landslide that occurred at 8 p.m. on Saturday night has buried and damaged several buildings in the area, while many of the residents were inside their houses during the landslide.

The 36 hectare municipal landfill, called "Koshe", in Ethiopia’s capital is home for number of Addis Ababa dwellers who were apparently victims of a number of landslides including the latest one on Saturday night.

Local residents told Xinhua that a number of smaller landslides had occurred at the dumping site over the past years, yet none of them had a magnitude of the one seen on Saturday.

The Addis Ababa City Administration and the Addis Ababa University Horn of Africa Regional Environmental Center (HoA-REC), in a bid to produce energy from the 50-year-old landfill, have recently installed the first stage of a methane capture and flaring system, known as "Repi landfill gas project".

           

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