(by Andegna) The death toll from a collapse at a landfill in Addis Ababa has risen to 113. Victims were mostly women and children. Hopes are waning for survivors as the country began three days of mourning and relatives have been waiting for missing ones.
Saturday's collapse of a mountain of garbage buried makeshift mud-and-stick homes inside the Koshe landfill in the capital. Excavators and rescuers have been pulling bodies from the black mud since then. Meanwhile, residents from the capital are raising funds and collecting materials to support survivors and relatives of the victims. City Mayor Diriba Kuma told state broadcaster EBC the search-and-rescue effort soon would be completed and an investigation into the cause of the accident would begin.
Dozens of homes of squatters who lived in the Koshe landfill site, in Addis Ababa, were flattened when the largest pile of rubbish collapsed on Saturday. It was not clear what caused Saturday night's collapse, though residents have said the dumping of trash had resumed there in recent months after protests at a newer Sendafa Sanitary Landfill.
Officials said they have already relocated about 300 people from the landfill, where hundreds of waste-pickers salvaged items to make a living and others found inexpensive housing. The mayor said people whose family members died in the collapse have received money ranging from $430 to $650 each, and that they would be resettled permanently in the coming years.
Image: Victims funeral