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Ethiopia landslide kills at least 48

According to officials, at least 48 people have been killed due to landsliding at a vast rubbish dump on the outskirts of Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa.

Reports say that dozens of people are still missing since the landslide on Saturday night at the Koshe landfill. A resident said 150 people were there at the time.

A number of makeshift houses are now buried under tonnes of waste.

That area is dumping ground for Addis Ababa’s rubbish for more than five decades.

According to a city spokesman many children were among the dead. There are fears the death toll could rise further.

A local resident who witnessed the incident told the reporters that he heard “a big sound” and saw “something like a tornado… rushing to us” when the landslide occurred.

Tebeju Asres said that the family’s house had been swallowed up by the landslide.

He further said “My mother and three of my sisters were there when the landslide happened. Now I don’t know the fate of all of them.”

Some people actually reside on rubbish dump permanently.

The authorities have planned to burn rubbish generated by the capital’s estimated four million people and convert it into electricity.