Rubbish dump collapses in Sri Lanka killing 16 and buried many

April 15, 2017, 7:07 pm
Rubbish dump collapses in Sri Lanka killing 16 and buried many
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Rubbish dump collapses in Sri Lanka killing 16 and buried many

Rubbish dump collapses in Sri Lanka killing 16 and buried many

After the disastrous landslide at a rubbish camp in Addis Ababa, capital of Ethiopia, that killed at least 113 people last month, at least 16 people including four children have died after a huge rubbish dump collapsed on to their homes in Sri Lanka on Friday.

According to a report in BBC, the 300 ft high pile rotting debris had shifted after floods and a fire then collapsed on Friday.

It is estimated that 40 homes on the edge of the dump were destroyed killing 16 including four children between the ages of 11 and 15.

The AFP news agency said about 800 tonnes of waste were added to the Meethotamulla dump every day, and that the government had planned to remove it.

"We heard a massive sound. It was like thunder," one resident, Kularathna, told the Reuters news agency. "Tiles in our house got cracked. Black water started coming in."

It is feared that up to 20 people have been buried in their houses. The death toll would have been higher if not the residents have moved out of the houses after a fire broke out at the dump hours before the collapse.

Sri Lankan army is coordinating the rescue mission.