DEATH TOLL IN ETHIOPIAN LANDSLIDE RISES TO 115

Addis Ababa, – Emergency workers in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa searched through a mountain of garbage for the fifth consecutive day on Thursday as the death toll from a landslide at a rubbish landfill site rose to 115.

Residents of the area say at least 80 people remain unaccounted for. Dozens of victims have so far been buried since Tuesday. Ethiopia declared three days of national mourning for the victims of the disaster that occurred at the 50-year-old Reppi dump on Saturday evening.

Hundreds of people live near the dump, the city’s only landfill site. Some of the victims scavenged for food and items that could be sold, such as recyclable metal. The landslide destroyed dozens of homes. Officials in the capital say they plan to resettle most of the tenants and build a waste-to-energy plant. (QNA)

Source: Qatar News Agency

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