Ethiopia declares three days of national mourning for victims of garbage dump landslide

Addis Ababa, March 14, 2017 (FBC) –The House of People’s Representatives (HPR) of Ethiopia has declared three days of national mourning beginning from tomorrow for victims of a landslide at garbage dump site on the outskirt of Addis Ababa.

The death toll from last Saturday’s tragic incident has so far risen to 72.

As per the decision of the House, Ethiopia’s flag will fly at half-mast for three days across the country, Ethiopian owned ships as well as Ethiopian embassies and consular offices.

The House also expressed its deepest condolences and wished console to victims and their families.

In a related development, Addis Ababa city administration said it is working to rehabilitate families of the victims.

Diriba Kuma, mayor of the city told journalists yesterday that works are underway in partnership with elders drawn from the area to temporarily and permanently rehabilitate those affected by the landslide.

The mayor called on donors and other bodies to assist the administration’s efforts.

The administration relocated 106 households, consisting of a total of 297 families, from the garbage dump site.

Translated and posted by Amare Asrat