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Ethiopia confirm national mourning as landfill death reaches 113

ADDIS ABABA Ethiopia (Xinhua) -- Ethiopian on Wednesday begun a three-day national mourning as death toll exceeded 113 from Saturday’s landfill landslide at the outskirts of Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa.

The East African country on Wednesday lowered its flags at half mast for victims, many of whom were inside their houses as the landslide hits the 36-hectare municipal landfill, which is home to many local dwellers.

Fourty-one new bodies were recovered as the total number of death mounted to 113, Dagmawit Moges, Head of Addis Ababa City Administration Communication Affairs Office, told Xinhua.

Municipal officials are unsure about the number of people who were at the dumping site when the landslide occurred. They said more bodies could be found as the search continued "day and night" at the landfill called Koshe.

The city government has evacuated 320 inhabitants from the area. A committee particularly designated to respond to the crisis has also been set up.

Public funerals and memorial services were also held for victims of the tragic accident over the past days.

The condition at the 50-year old landfill is said to be a big challenge for emergency personnel who are working to save the lives of the missing residents.
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UPDATE:

Ethiopia sets up committee to probe landfill landslide that kills 113

ADDIS ABABA Ethiopia (Xinhua) -- The Ethiopian government has set up a team to investigate the cause of the garbage dump landslide that killed 113 people in Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa.

A committee consisting of professionals from the Addis Ababa University and the University of Texas, has been assembled to investigate the incident, according to Diriba Kuma, Addis Ababa city mayor.

The East African country Thursday is on its second day of the three-day national mourning to remember victims of Saturday’s landfill collapse, with its flags lowered at half mast.

Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn, while briefing members of the Ethiopian House of People’s Representatives, on Thursday expressed his "deep condolence" to families of the victims and the Ethiopian people.

Dagmawit Moges, Head of Addis Ababa City Administration Communication Affairs Office, told Xinhua the number of people found dead had remained unchanged at 113 since Wednesday night.

Moges said the search had almost covered all areas of the collapsed landfill and the chance of finding new people was slim.

The excavation process could thus end anytime soon.

Meanwhile, various governmental and non-governmental organizations have pledged support to victims and their families.

Many of the victims were inside their houses as the landslide hits the 36-hectare municipal landfill on Saturday night, which is home to many local dwellers.

The city government has evacuated 320 inhabitants from the area.

A committee particularly designated to respond to the crisis has also been set up.
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SEE ALSO:

Death toll in Addis Ababa garbage dump landslide will exceed 50

             

 

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