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More than 40 people have been killed after a massive landslide hit a landfill at the outskirts of Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa, officials.
The 36 hectare municipal landfill, which has been a dumping ground for Addis Ababa’s garbage for more than 50 years, is home for number of Addis Ababa dwellers who were apparently victim of a number of landslides including the latest one on Saturday night.
Dagmawit Moges, Head of Addis Ababa City Administration Communication Affairs Office, said that the death toll could rise as search for missing people is still on progress at the site where the landslide occurred.
Hundreds of people attempt to make a living by scavenging at the landfill site, sifting through the rubbish for items they can sell, the BBC’s Emmanuel Igunza in Addis Ababa reports. Some people even resided at the rubbish dump permanently.