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Death Toll rises to 11 in Sri Lanka rubbish dump landslide

A rubbish dump landslide in the Sri Lankan capital Colombo killed at least eleven and injured 11, hospital sources said on Friday, as emergency workers dug into the mountain of trash to save survivors buried in dozens of houses.
Fire fighters fought to extinguish a fire at the top of the estimated 300-foot (91 meter) rubbish dump which had collapsed after the flames engulfed it. Witnesses told Reuters that at least 40 houses may have been buried in the landslide.
A 13-year-old boy, and two girls aged 14 and 15, were among the eleven who had died, Pushpa Soysa, head nurse at the main Colombo hospital, told Reuters.

“Ten more are being treated at the hospital,” Soysa said.

The government deployed troops and police to help with the rescue operation on the island nation’s traditional new year’s day.

Police said in a statement that 145 houses damaged due to the Meetotamulla garbage dump collapse; 625 persons belonging to 180 families displaced.

Residents in the area have been demanding the removal of the dump saying it was causing health issues. The government had planned to remove it soon under an infrastructure plan.


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