Sri Lanka dump collapse: 30 people missing

At least 30 people are still missing and 28 are now confirmed dead after a huge rubbish dump collapsed in the Sri Lankan capital Colombo, officials say.

Sri Lanka dump collapse: 30 people missing

The news came after more bodies were found following Friday’s disaster at Meethotamulla on the city outskirts. A number of those killed were children. Angry residents say their warnings of risks posed by the dump were ignored.

The 300ft (91m) high pile of rotting debris shifted after floods and a fire, destroying dozens of homes. Residents had been demanding the dump’s removal for years, saying it was causing health problems.

The authorities do not know how many people were caught up in the landslide. Some 400 families have been moved to temporary shelters in schools, the AFP news agency reports. The government has now announced the closure of the dump. Reports said 800 tonnes of waste were added to it every day.

Officials say rubbish will now be placed in two other sites.
Last month, a landslide at a rubbish dump in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, killed at least 113 people.



Source : AP

Related Post

Sri Lanka lifts ban on pro-LTTE groups
views 60
COLOMBO: Sri Lanka on Sunday said it has lifted a ban imposed on eight Tamil diaspora groups for their links with the LTTE as part of efforts to recon...
Philippines to evacuate workers from parts of Iraq
views 53
MANILA: The Philippines says it will evacuate its nationals from all areas of Iraq except the northern region due to the rapidly deteriorating securit...
Sri Lanka protest over Chinese investment
views 116
Several people have been injured in southern Sri Lanka during a protest against allowing China to build a port and industrial zone. The plan envisages...
Outrage in Sri Lanka over teenager’s rape and murder
views 83
More than 100 people have been arrested during protests against the gang-rape and murder of a 17-year-old schoolgirl, in the biggest public demonstrat...
Narendra Modi on course to become Indian next PM
views 64
Narendra Modi is set to become India's next prime minister, according to a major exit poll released late on Wednesday, following others forecasting th...

SHARE WHAT YOU THINK