At least 50 people were killed and dozens more hurt in a giant landslide of garbage at Ethiopia’s largest rubbish dump on the outskirts of the capital Addis Ababa, a city official said Sunday.
An AFP journalist at the scene said the largest pile of rubbish at the Koshe landfill appeared to have collapsed, triggering Saturday’s tragedy that levelled dozens of homes of squatters living there.
"The death toll is now 50," said Dagmawit Moges, head of the city communications bureau. He said many of the victims were squatters who scavenged for a living in the dump. "We expect the number of victims to increase because the landslide covered a relatively large area," he added.
The Koshe site has for more than 40 years been one of the main garbage dumps for Addis Ababa. According to local residents, some 50 houses with about seven people living in each of them were built on the trash. People had built the houses about two to three years ago, said Berhanu Degefe, a rubbish collector who lives at the dump. "Their livelihood depends on the trash. They collect from here and they live here," he said, referring to the victims and other squatters.
level：夷平、摧毀。例句：The house was levelled by the fire.（房子被大火燒毀。）
squatter：擅自佔地（或空屋）者。例句：The police were driving out the squatters.（警方對佔地者展開驅離行動。）
scavenge：在…中搜尋有用之物。例句：They scavenged what food they could to keep alive.（為求活命，他們發現任何食物都予以撿拾。）