Dozens killed, more likely dead following Ethiopian garbage landslide

At least 46 people died and dozens more have been hurt in a giant landslide at Ethiopia's largest rubbish dump outside Addis Ababa, a tragedy squatters living there blamed on a biogas plant being built nearby. A resident said 150 people were there at the time.

The BBC cited a news agency quoting a city spokesperson that many children were among the dead and that they fear the death toll could rise further.

The dump has been used for 50 years, but the government has told media there were plans to resettle people who live at the site.

Six excavators were digging through the ruins today, as elderly women cried, and others stood anxiously waiting for news of loved ones. Ms Dagmawit said two had serious injuries.

Mr Ibrahim Mohammed, whose house was narrowly spared destruction, said the disaster happened in "three minutes". "Now I don't know the fate of all of them", he told AP.

The government has transferred 290 people who were living on the landfill, but who were not injured in the accident, to a temporary shelter in a youth center in Addis Ababa. A 2014 report pointed out that when the landfill was built more than 40 years ago, it was on the outskirts of the capital. "The government had also been building a factory to convert waste products at the landfill into electric energy".

Ethiopia, which has one of Africa's fastest growing economies, is under a state of emergency imposed in October after several months of sometimes deadly protests demanding wider political freedoms.