Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Ethiopia declares 3 days of national mourning for 72 killed in giant landslide

Ethiopia's parliament has declared three days of national mourning for the victims of the rubbish dump collapse in the capital, Addis Ababa, as recovery operations continue.

Seventy two people have now been confirmed dead following a landslide at the weekend.

More bodies have been retrieved from under the debris of the rubbish dump nearly three days after the landslide destroyed makeshift houses at the Koshe landfill.

Many are still missing and authorities fear the death toll could rise even further.

Rescue operations have been going on day and night at the site and city authorities say they will continue until everyone is accounted for.

Family members are waiting at the site to hear news of their missing loved ones.

The government and locals living in the area have traded accusations about what triggered the landslide.

Residents say an ongoing construction of a biogas plant caused it but the government has dismissed the claims insisting people had refused an offer to be relocated.

The country’s prime minister has pledged to carry out an investigation of the disaster.


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