Wednesday, April 26, 2017 07:42:42 AM

Sri Lanka garbage mountain buries dozens of homes

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srilanka-garbagemoutainCOLOMBA: Emergency workers dug through tonnes of garbage in Sri Lanka’s capital Friday after a massive rubbish dump buried an estimated 40 homes during the country’s traditional new year.

President Maithripala Sirisena ordered hundreds of troops and police to join firefighters in the Colombo rescue operation after the 300-foot (91-metre) high dump caught fire and collapsed, officials said.

Police said the true scale of the damage remained unclear.

“A search for survivors is under way,” the police statement said, adding six people had been taken to hospital.

Dozens of homes collapsed after heavy rain caused the garbage mountain to shift, officials said. It became further destabilised after a fire broke out, triggering landslides that buried dwellings….

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