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Fatalities in Sri Lanka after garbage dump collapses

Saturday, April 15, 2017 - 01:23

A garbage dump landslide in Colombo, Sri Lanks has killed at least 12 people, according to reports. Rescue workers are rushing to find people who may still be trapped under the rubbish which slammed into nearby houses. Rough cut. No reporter narration.

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(ROUGH CUT - NO REPORTER NARRATION) Emergency workers searched for survivors on Saturday (April 15) after a rubbish dump landslide in the Sri Lankan capital Colombo killed at least 16 people and injured over a dozen others. The estimated 300-foot (91 metre) dump collapsed after flames engulfed it late on Friday (April 14), the island nation's traditional new year's day. Rescue staff have moved the garbage and wrecked houses. Police say about 145 houses have been damaged, but they have not said how many have been buried. Residents of the area, mostly living in shanties, have been demanding the removal of the dump saying it was causing health issues. The government has said that it had planned to remove it shortly.

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Fatalities in Sri Lanka after garbage dump collapses

Saturday, April 15, 2017 - 01:23