At least 17 people died and several others were injured in Mozambique’s capital, Maputo, early on Monday, when a 15-metre waste pile collapsed.
According to reports by Reuter news agency, the collapse was due to heavy rain. The collapse buried seven houses, officials said.
The collapse happened at around 1am GMT in the impoverished Hulene neighbourhood, which is around 6 miles from the centre of Maputo.
The houses were built illegally and officials said authorities had previously asked the residents to leave.
“Up to now 17 dead bodies were recovered,” a councillor for Ka Mavota Municipal District, Despedida Rita, told reporters. “We fear more might be unaccounted for. So we will keep searching for bodies buried underneath the garbage pile.” Read more