Landslide at Ethiopia garbage dump kills at least 46

ADDIS ABABA: At least 46 people died and dozens more 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. Saturday’s landslide 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, a journalist said. “The death toll is now 30,” said Dagmawit Moges, head of the city communications bureau, adding that the number of fatalities could rise further. Many of the victims were squatters who scavenged for a living in the dump, she said. Musa Suleiman Abdulah, who lost his wooden shack topped with plastic sheeting in the slide, said when it happened, he heard “a big sound”. “When we came out, something like a tornado is rushing to us. We started to collect family members” and escape, he said. “People helped. — AFP