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Landslide at Ethiopia garbage dump kills at least 50


· 每日跟讀單元 Daily English

At least 50 people were killed and dozens more hurt in a giant landslide of garbage at Ethiopia’s largest rubbish dump on the outskirts of the capital Addis Ababa, a city official said Sunday.


An AFP journalist at the scene said the largest pile of rubbish at the Koshe landfill appeared to have collapsed, triggering Saturday’s tragedy that levelled dozens of homes of squatters living there.


"The death toll is now 50," said Dagmawit Moges, head of the city communications bureau. He said many of the victims were squatters who scavenged for a living in the dump. "We expect the number of victims to increase because the landslide covered a relatively large area," he added.


The Koshe site has for more than 40 years been one of the main garbage dumps for Addis Ababa. According to local residents, some 50 houses with about seven people living in each of them were built on the trash. People had built the houses about two to three years ago, said Berhanu Degefe, a rubbish collector who lives at the dump. "Their livelihood depends on the trash. They collect from here and they live here," he said, referring to the victims and other squatters.


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