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Garbage dump landslide in Ethiopia

Police officers secure the perimeter at the scene of a garbage landslide, as excavators aid rescue efforts, on the outskirts of the capital Addis Ababa, Ethiopia Sunday, March 12, 2017. Officials and residents say more than a dozen people have been killed in a landslide at a massive garbage dump on the outskirts of Ethiopia’s capital, and several dozen people are missing. (AP Photo/Elias Meseret)

Garbage dump landslide in Ethiopia

The death toll from a landslide at a dump in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa has reached 113, officials said on Wednesday, as the government declared three days of national mourning.

Flags flew at half mast to mark the disaster that occurred at the 50-year-old Reppi dump on Saturday evening. “The total number of dead has reached 113, of which 38 are male and 75 are female,” said Dagmawit Moges, a spokeswoman for the city.

“At least 80 other residents are missing,” said Temesghen Abraham, a resident at the landfill. “We expect to find their corpses buried here.” The first funerals were held on Tuesday at the nearby Abune Aregawi Church, attended by hundreds of grief-stricken family members. (AP)

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