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Ethiopia Landfill Death Toll Rises to 115

The Horn of Africa country has declared three days of national mourning for the victims of the disaster.

The death toll from the tragic landslide at the Koshe Landfill in Ethiopia has now risen to 115, according to the latest reports.

As searches continue, the death toll may rise even further. Residents of the area say at least 80 people remain unaccounted for.

The cause of the landslide is still unknown and the first funerals for the victims began on Monday.

Reuters has more:

Emergency workers in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa searched through a mountain of garbage for the fifth consecutive day on Thursday as the death toll from a landslide at a rubbish landfill site rose to 115.

The Horn of Africa country has declared three days of national mourning for the victims of the disaster that occurred at the 50-year-old Reppi dump on Saturday evening.

Two bodies were uncovered on Thursday morning, rescue workers and residents taking part in the search said, a day after a government spokesperson raised the toll to 113, 75 of whom were women.

"As the number of missing people is still high, we expect to pull more bodies out today and in the coming days," an emergency worker told Reuters.

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