Mozambique rubbish dump collapse ‘kills at least 17’ people


At least 17 people have been killed after heavy rains caused the partial collapse of a rubbish dump in Mozambique.

A 15-metre high pile of rubbish collapsed, destroying seven houses, and rescuers fear more bodies may be buried under the debris.

The accident happened at the Hulene landfill, six miles from the centre of the capital, Maputo. A spokesman for the emergency services, Leonilde Pelembe, warned it was likely there were more victims under the waste.

“The information we received from local authorities is that the number of people living in those houses exceeds the number of deaths recorded,” Mr Pelembe said.

The Hulene district of Maputo is one of the most deprived parts of the capital. Many, including children, have little choice but to make their homes either on or next to the dump, the dump not only provides them with food but also goods to sell.

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