130 dead, several still missing under Koshe landslide in Ethiopia; Rescue operations underway
 Source : News Bharati English  Date : 16-Mar-2017

Addis Ababa, March 16: Until now the death toll has risen to 130 from the landslide at a dump in Addis Ababa city of Ethiopia. Several families came under the massive landslide. Search operations are still on where excavators and rescuers are pulling bodies out from the black mud. Ethiopian government has declared three days of national mourning.

Koshe, the landfill where Addis Ababa’s rubbish and waste is taken was home to 106 households consisting of 297 families. Some of the victims scavenged for food and items that could be sold, such as recyclable metal. The landslide destroyed dozens of homes. The reason behind this landslide has not been figured out. The disaster occurred when a huge garbage mountain in Koshe collapsed on Saturday night and the search operations are still going on as on Tuesday a live body was pulled out from the mud. Also the national flag will be hoisted at a half-mast across the country and on the premises of nations oversees missions.

Dagmawit Moges, a spokesperson for the city said that "At least 80 other residents are missing and we are expected to find their corpses buried here.  "Searches are taking place and the number could rise.”

The parliament has expressed their deepest condolences and solace to the families of the victims. It was disclosed that the government was providing every necessary support to rehabilitate the families of those who lost their lives during the landslide.

Residents have suggested various reasons for the collapse. Some blamed the dumping of trash that had resumed at the landfill in recent months after protests at a newer landfill site. Others blamed the construction of a new waste-to-energy plant at Koshe. The Koshe landfill has been a dumping ground for the capital’s garbage for more than 50 years.