17 killed in Mozambique garbage dump collapse

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Rescuers recover a body as they search for survivors at the collapse of a garbage mound in Mozambique.

At least 17 people were killed and several others were injured when a massive garbage mound partially collapsed in Mozambique’s capital Monday after heavy rains fell on Maputo, local media reported.

Rescue workers believe there may be more bodies buried in the 50 foot-high garbage pile located in the impoverished neighborhood of Hulene, Radio Mocambique reported.

Rescatistas buscan por sobrevivientes luego del derrumbre de una montaña de basura en Maputo, Mozambique, el lunes 19 de febrero de 2018. (AP Foto/Ferhat Momade)

Rescuers search for survivors at the collapse of a garbage mound in Maputo, Mozambique.  (AP)

“Up to now, 17 dead bodies were recovered,” said Despedida Rita, a councilor for Ka Mavota Municipal District. “We fear more might be unaccounted for so we will keep searching for bodies buried underneath the rubbish pile.”

Many families in the densely populated area, located six miles outside of the capital, have fled their homes for fear of another collapse.

Five houses were buried by the natural disaster thus far. Reports suggest they were built illegally in a section where officials asked them to vacate.

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