Landslide in Ethiopian landfill kills over 100 people



A landslide in Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa’s landfill has caused many to be buried in the trash and making people lose homes and loved ones. Ethiopia has the fastest growing economy in Africa. The landfill is in the outskirts of Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa’s. This land fill is the first and oldest in the nation. According to a press release written by the U.S Environmental Protection Agency states that “The city of Addis Ababa is currently in the midst of an ambitious plan to transform its solid waste management, collection, and disposal systems that includes:  responsibly closing down its five-decade old dump site at Repi and converting that site into a public park; opening a new sanitary landfill in Sendafa, located in the Oromia Special Zone approximately 20 kilometers from the outskirts of the city; and designing an improved waste management system and hierarchy for collecting and separating waste before it is transferred to the new landfill.”

The Environmental Protection Agency took this trip from June 9-10 In 2015 were accompanied by the Addis Ababa City Manager’s Office, the AA Sewerage and Water Authority, the AA Solid Waste Recycling and Disposal Project Office, the AA City Cleaning Management Agency, the Ministry of Urban Development and House Construction, the French Development Agency, and the Horn of Africa Regional Environmental Center and Network. According to the press release. This plan for the waste sites is a big project for Africa’s fastest growing economy, Ethiopia. Ethiopia’s government is still trying to find any more bodies in the landslide.

Many of the damage caused by the landslide where make-shift homes and even some concrete buildings. The scientists there have not found what could have caused the landslide to happen. Some of the people there had to live on top of the trash and some even relied on that to provide them food and shelter. This landslide has killed over 100 people living there.


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