Rubbish dump landslide kills 35 in Ethiopian capital

Published: 05:05 GMT, Mar 13, 2017 |

A landslide at a huge garbage dump on the outskirts of the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa killed 35 people who were searching for food and other goods there, an official said on Sunday (March 12).

Hundreds of people rely on the 50-year-old Reppi dump, the city’s only landfill site, to survive. They sift through the garbage for food, as well as items they can sell like recyclable metal.

Twenty-eight people were injured, two seriously, local authority spokeswoman Dagmawit Moges said.

Officials said on Sunday that the collapse occurred Saturday night pulling down about thirty houses belonging to people living on the landfill in Koshe.

The Koshe landfill has existed for more than 40 years and is one of the major dump sites on the outskirts of the capital which is home to a growing 4 million people.