Massive mound of rubbish crushes 10 people in Sri Lanka
A landslide at a rubbish dump in Sri Lanka's capital has killed 16 people and injured at least a dozen more. The military has been deployed to rescue people who might be trapped, police said, adding that the army and an air force helicopter were also pressed into service to douse the flames.
The disaster occurred Friday night in Meetotamulla, near Colombo.
The mound collapsed Friday evening as people were celebrating the local new year.
The AFP news agency said about 800 tonnes of waste were added to the Meethotamulla dump every day, and that the government had planned to remove it.
Following the disaster, Prime Minister Wickremesinghe vowed to close the dump - a site that has absorbed much of Colombo's waste over the past several years, especially as the capital undergoes heavy construction.
Residents had demanded for years the removal of the dump, saying it was causing health problems.
Officials said hundreds of people had been moved to temporary shelters and the government would soon begin shifting more people.
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