At least 46 killed in Ethiopia as mountain of rubbish collapses

The two-line 34-kilometre light rail system in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa has been touted as a sign of the dividends the country's rapid economic growth is paying to its people

Ethiopians officials declared, the death of more than 48 persons following the landslide in Addis Ababa.

The collapse occurred Saturday night pulling down about thirty houses belonging to people living on the landfill in Koshe.

It said Ethiopian officials knew the landfill was full but continued to dump trash there and let people live and scavenge at the site. Authorities aim to burn the garbage dumped at the landfill and convert it into electricity, BBC reported.

'My house was right inside there, ' said a shaken Tebeju Asres, pointing to where one of the excavators was digging in black mud.

Many people live at the landfill because renting homes there is relatively cheap.

Numerous victims were squatters who scavenged for a living in the 30-hectare (74-acre) dump, she said. He estimated that more than 300 people lived there.

"It's a sad story because the government has been trying to resettle the people residing in the area", CNN quoted Lencho.

Hundreds of waste-pickers work at the landfill site every day, and others used it as a site for low-priced housing.

The dumping of rubbish at the site had stopped for years but resumed in recent months after farmers in a nearby region where a new landfill complex was being built blocked dumping in their area.

In 2013, plans to create an energy-from-waste plant next to the landfill site using a US$120-million investment from the Ethiopian Electric Power Corporation and Cambridge Industries were finalised, with construction now well underway.

Diriba said among the total 46 victims 32 are women who were among hundreds of poor residents who had long made the vast garbage damp as permanent residence to make a living.



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