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A landslide at an Ethiopian garbage dump killed at least 24 overnight

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 At least 24 people were killed and 28 others injured in a giant landslide of garbage inside a trash dump on the outskirts of the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa.

The landslide late Saturday leveled more than 30 makeshift homes of squatters living inside the Koshe landfill, said Dagmawit Moges, head of the city communications bureau.

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Residents of the area display their grief as bodies are recovered at the scene of a garbage landslide 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)

Residents of the area display their grief as bodies are recovered at the scene of a garbage landslide on the outskirts of the capital Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. 

Many of the victims were squatters, who scavenged for valuables in the dump, he said. "We expect the number of victims to increase because the landslide covered a relatively large area," he said.

The landfill has been a dumping ground for the capital's garbage for more than 50 years.

About 150 people were there when the landslide occurred, resident Assefa Teklemahimanot told The Associated Press. The mayor said 37 people had been rescued and were receiving medical treatment.


Around 500 waste-pickers are believed to work at the landfill every day, sorting through the debris from the capital's estimated 4 million residents. City officials say close to 300,000 tons of waste are collected each year from the capital, most of it dumped at the landfill.

Since 2010, city officials have warned that the landfill was running out of room and was being closed in by nearby housing and schools.

--The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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