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Mountain of garbage collapses burying hundreds of people alive and killing 65

By Mason White 5:01 PM March 14, 2017
Scene of the landfill collapse
Scene of the landfill collapse
By: Emily Lewis

(Scroll down for video) Hundreds of people were buried alive after a mountain of garbage collapsed on top of them, according to police in Ethiopia.

The incident unfolded on Saturday night, in the Addis Ababa.

At least 65 people died as a result of the collapse. Most of the victims were women and children.

Police are investigating why the Koshe Garbage Landfill collapsed, burying several makeshift homes and concrete buildings.

The landfill has been a dumping ground for more than 50 years.

In total, 150 people were buried under the mountain of garbage. 37 people were pulled out alive, while 65 have been confirmed dead.

The death toll is expected to rise as rescue workers reach more of the buried people. Officials announced that they are planning to evacuate those residents living in close proximity of the landfill.