Egypt sends condolences to Ethiopia for victims of landslide in Addis Ababa

14 March, 2017, 00:25 | Author: Ora Austin
  • Addis Ababa

On the outskirts of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, a landslide at a dumping ground has resulted in the death of at least 46 people.

Officials were still investigating how the landslide at the sprawling Koshe landfill occurred, Lencho said.

A city spokeswoman told AP news agency that many children were among the dead.

Dozens of people were killed on Saturday during a landslide at a garbage dump in the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa.

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.

"These people. had no option but to live and work in such a hazardous environment because of the government's failure to protect their right to adequate housing and decent work", the group said in a statement.

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Tebeju Asres said that the family's house had been swallowed by the landslide.

The search for other missing people has also continued while those who survived from the jury are kept in shelter prepared by the government getting the required assistance, according the statement.

It plans to burn rubbish generated by the capital's estimated four million people and convert it into electricity.

Ethiopian officials, declared that at least 150 persons were at the Koshe site, at the time of the incident.

"We expect the number of victims to increase because the landslide covered a relatively large area", he said.

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