Dozens missing in garbage collapse; at least 30 deaths

The Washington Times Daily - - WORLD -

MEE­TO­TA­MULLA | Res­cuers on Mon­day were dig­ging through heaps of mud and trash that col­lapsed onto a clutch of homes near a garbage dump out­side Sri Lanka’s cap­i­tal, killing at least 30 peo­ple and pos­si­bly bury­ing dozens more.

Hun­dreds had been liv­ing in the work­ing-class neigh­bor­hood on the fringe of the tow­er­ing dump in Mee­to­ta­mulla, a town near Colombo, when a huge mound col­lapsed Fri­day night, dam­ag­ing at least 150 homes.

By Mon­day, au­thor­i­ties had pulled the bod­ies from be­neath the de­bris, but were un­sure how many more could still be trapped.

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