In Sri Lanka Garbage Dump Landslide Kills 10, Buries 40 Houses

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At least 10 people were killed in a landslide crash in Sri Lanka on April 14. A huge explosive device exploded in the Colombian capital after a fire broke out at the top of the 91-meter-high mountain of garbage.

Firefighters rushed to the site in Metutamola and began digging the garbage to rescue those who were buried while others fought to contain the fire. Among the dead were six women and four men, police said. A 12-year-old boy and two girls aged between 14 and 15 died of their wounds, while at least three other victims were killed when their bodies were pulled from the debris, said a spokeswoman for Colombo National Hospital Puspa Suissa.

According to officials, last night’s heavy rain made 23 million tons an unstable and fire-filled pile responsible for the landslide. In addition to the loss of life, some 40 houses were also buried in the area.

“It is too early and we can not tell how many houses were damaged or destroyed and how many people were affected,” said Pradeep Kodipili, spokesman for the disaster management center. Officials estimate that between 40 and 100 houses of brick and mortar may have been affected.The incident occurred on the traditional Sinhalese and Tamil New Year, most of the population is expected to have been at home with their families.

Hundreds of service personnel, three policemen and members of the special task force were deployed in the area to assist in relief operations.The landslide drew attention to several previous requests made by residents to the government to cancel the waste site since it was causing health problems.

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