Collapse of Rubbish Tip Kills 17 in Maputo

Maputo — Maputo's main rubbish tip collapsed in the small hours of Monday morning, burying seven houses and killing at least 17 people.

The rubbish tip, located in Hulene neighbourhood, about ten kilometres from the centre of the city, started out as just a hole in the ground but has, over the years, become a rubbish mountain. On Sunday night, torrential rain fell on Maputo, and this was the immediate cause of the disaster.

At about 03.00 hundreds of tonnes of the sodden rubbish became a dark and foetid avalanche, overwhelming the houses built under the shadow of the garbage dump.