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Dumpsite collapse kills five in Mozambique

BBC Africa/Maximilian Kasseh, Jr.

At least five people have died in Mozambique's cyclone hit northern province of Cabo Delgado after heavy rain triggered a landslide in a garbage site.

The incident happened on Sunday night in the provincial capital, Pemba.

Four of the dead, according to the independent television station, STV, are from the same family.

The station says the number of the dead may rise as rescue and recovery operations continue.

Cyclone Kenneth made landfall on Thursday last week with winds of 220km/h (140mph) which flattened whole villages.

Around 700,000 people are now thought to be at risk in the area as torrential rains continue.

STV reports heavy rains have been falling in Pemba, one of the world's largest bays.

It says the municipal garbage dump cascaded over nearby houses, burying at least five people, who did not manage to escape the tragedy.

A team, including the fire brigade, is at the site digging the rubble as there are concerns that there could be more people trapped.
This is not the first time that the Pemba municipal garbage dumpsite has collapsed. In 2014, 23 people were killed in similar circumstances.
 

 


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