Landslide at Ethiopia garbage dump kills 24

Residents of the area display their grief as bodies are recovered at the scene of a garbage landslide on the outskirts of the capital Addis Ababa Ethiopia Sunday

Fifteen die in rubbish dump landslide near Addis Ababa

Following a landslide which occurred at a dumpsite in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on Saturday night no fewer than 48 people are reported to have died, while 15 of them are children.

Several makeshift homes and concrete builders were buried in the landslide.

Hundreds of people rely on the 50-year-old Reppi dump, the city's only landfill site, to survive.

At a press conference he gave on Sunday evening, Addis Ababa mayor, Diriba Kuma confirmed the death toll rose to 46 from the previously lower figures officials had put.

"My house was right inside there", said resident Tebeju Asres, pointing toward an area where rescuers were working.

Smaller collapses have occurred at Koshe - or "dirty" in the local Amharic language - in the past two years but only two or three people were killed, Assefa said. "Now I don't know the fate of all of them", the BBC report quoted him while speaking to a news agency.

The cause of the accident was not immediately clear, but residents say dumping of garbage had resumed there in recent months.

The incident comes as farmers in the nearby region keep staging protests against a brand new Sendafa Landfill located in Oromia Zone, forcing authorities to use the Koshe dump, thus overstretching its capacity. Some 500 waste pickers are believed to visit the dump every day, sifting through the waste of the better off for anything of value.

Eyewitness said there were over 150 people around the area when the unprecedented garbage land slide happen. The government had also been building a factory to convert waste products at the landfill into energy, he said.

Ethiopia has one of Africa's fastest-growing economies and is predicted by the World Bank to become a middle-income country by 2025.

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