Fury In Sri Lanka After a Garbage Dump Collapses, Killing At Least 26

TIME

Anger is rising in a Sri Lankan community that has suffered at least 26 deaths after a dumpsite residents had long deemed unsafe collapsed on Friday.

According to the the army, six children were among those killed in the disaster. On Monday, an operation to recover the missing was still ongoing with hopes of finding survivors fading, the BBC reports.

The collapse of the 300ft (91 meter) Meethotamulla dump occurred after a fire and floods destroyed dozens of homes near its base. It has provoked anger among local residents who had long complained of health problems caused by the accumulated garbage and demanded the dump’s closure.

“It’s very unfortunate that no-one listened to us. Now, after so many deaths, politicians are saying they will stop dumping garbage. These are murders, we will take legal action,” resident Nuwan Bopage told the BBC.

Locals reportedly blocked politicians from visiting the site…

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