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Rubbish dump landslide, after a fire kills many in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka’s emergency services and military have been working for 5 days trying to dig people out of a land/rubbish slide that occurred last Thursday in a large rubbish dump in the Meethotamulla area on the border of the commercial heart of Colombo. http://tmsnrt.rs/2plsR6G

The 90-metre wall of rubbish collapsed onto shanties near the dump after a large fire undermined the wall of rubbish. 1,000 rescue and military workers halted the search late on Monday and expected to resume on Tuesday.

Residents still say around 100 people may be missing, but the state-run Disaster Management Centre (DMC) revised down its own figure for the missing to 11 from an initial 30.

Residents of the area, mostly living in shanties, had been demanding the removal of the dump, saying it was causing health problems. The government had said it would remove it as part of an infrastructure plan.

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