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* Death toll in Sri Lanka garbage dump disaster rises to 23, hopes fade for missing
Sun, Apr 16, 2017, 08:11 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Apr 16, Colombo: The death toll in the collapse of a section of the mountainous landfill in a suburb of Sri Lanka's capital Colombo has risen to 23, and is expected to rise as another 20 people are still missing, government officials said.

Among the dead are four children aged between 11 and 15, according to medical officials.

The 300-foot high garbage dump in Meethotamulla soaked by the previous night rain collapsed on to some 145 homes after it caught fire Friday afternoon.

Hopes of finding survivors under the debris are fading as anger builds among residents who say their concerns were ignored, BBC reported.

More than 600 displaced residents have been sheltered at three nearby schools.

The government has decided to relocate the residents who are facing direct threat due to the Meethotamulla garbage dump at permanent locations.

The government has also decided to stop the release of solid refuse of the city of Colombo to the area, Minister Susil Premajayantha said.

 


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