Addis Ababa Garbage Landslide Kills Over 48

Dozens still missing after mountain of garbage dump at decades-old landfill site near the capital buries squatters’ makeshift homes.


At least 48 people have been killed and dozens are missing after a landslide struck at a massive garbage dump on the outskirts of Ethiopia’s capital.

The landslide late on Saturday levelled more than 37 makeshift homes of squatters living inside the Koshe landfill on the outskirts of Addis Ababa, said Dagmawit Moges, head of the city’s communications bureau.

Moges said most of the dead were women and children, and more bodies were expected to be found in the coming hours.

It was not immediately clear what caused Saturday night’s disaster. “We expect the number of victims to increase because the landslide covered a relatively large area,” he said.

The landfill has been a dumping ground for the capital’s garbage for more than 50 years.

About 150 people were at the site when the landslide occurred, resident Assefa Teklemahimanot told The Associated Press news agency, adding dozens were still missing.

Addis Ababa Mayor Diriba Kuma said 37 people had been rescued and were receiving medical treatment.

Many people at the site had been scavenging items to make a living, but others live at the landfill because renting homes, largely built of mud and sticks, is relatively inexpensive there.

“My house was right inside there,” said a shaken Tebeju Asres, pointing to where one of the excavators was digging in deep, black mud. “My mother and three of my sisters were there when the landslide happened. Now I don’t know the fate of all of them.”

The resumption of garbage dumping at the site in recent months likely caused the landslide, Assefa said.

Dumping had stopped in recent years, but it resumed after farmers in a nearby restive region where a new garbage landfill complex was being built blocked dumping in their area.

Smaller landslides have occurred at the Koshe landfill in the past two years, Assefa said.

“In the long run, we will conduct a resettling programme to relocate people who live in and around the landfill,” the Addis Ababa mayor said.

About 500 waste-pickers are believed to work at the landfill every day, sorting through the debris from the capital’s estimated four million residents. City officials say close to 300,000 tonnes of waste are collected each year from the capital, most of it dumped at the landfill.

Since 2010, city officials have warned the site was running out of room for trash.

City officials in recent years have been trying to turn the garbage into a source of clean energy with a $120mn investment. The Koshe waste-to-energy facility, which has been under construction since 2013, is expected to generate 50 megawatts of electricity upon completion.

49 thoughts on “Addis Ababa Garbage Landslide Kills Over 48

    1. Yet another Woyane junta initiated crisis for possible “bargaining chip” with the west.

      Too bad for Oromos and Somalis, the International Court can’t help with this boarder issue.

      1. Landslide is Somalia magic curse on raw meat eating Ethiopia for the last terrorist attack on hotel which killed 40 people also Ethiopia burn Mogadishu main busneass market. Now Ethiopia can feel the pain.

        1. You and your president Farmaajo are exited and happy about Ethiopia’s tradegy? Really? Really?

          I hope AL SHABAAB overthrows your disgusting government in Mogadishu.

      1. The Oromos attacked first.

        If you want to discuss the ilegal Oromo land takeover attempt you can find me on


        My name: Deeq Gessod


        Deeq Gessod

      1. But it is happening though, right?
        Side notes and side news are included spontaneously during a debate of the original topic.
        R U denying that the TPLF has never made peacefully co-existing Tribes and Ethnic groups to kill each other?
        History does not lie.
        isn’t it that what it has attempted but failed miserably to apply in Eritrea thinking that Eritrea and Eritreans are like the Poor Oromos,Somalis,etc…?
        Guess what?
        Id shenahit tsnahit and ……

    2. ኣሌክ - Alec you · Edit

      Yep… The Ethio-Somali are now the new Woyane-Tigray’s toys/cannon-fodders. And now TPLF are using Ethio-Somali to deflect attention by instigating another border war between Oromo and Ethio-Somali. Haha.. how stupid are this Ethio-Somali ppl! They can’t even see that Woyane is using them, by opening a new front in-order to make Oromo busy. Cuz Gonder is getting stronger and there is no turning back– Benishangul are on the ride to destroy that Tigrayan dominated power just like Gonder, Gambela, Ogaden etc. So, Woyane’s sneaky move is.. using the old tactic of divide and conquer –like ‘which Ethnic hate each-other’ and bringing old rivalry a dead hate history back to life, by inflicting that old wound.. and let the stupid f**ks eat each-other. Just like what the US is doing to the Arabs — shia and sunni. I guess Woyane are learning from its master. But in the the condom always get disposed–poor Ethio-Somali- they’re in deep S**t.

        1. LOL … you rather talk of your people dying in Woyane Dumpsters?
          What is wrong with Luul?
          Well, just skip all comments that you think are not related to the Death in Addis Abeba Garbage.

    3. @TN: How is this related to the incident? The accident at hand is a tragedy for the country and the government and citizens have done and are doing their best to help the survivors & families of the deceased be back on the foot. It is so predictable pattern of you to blame everything on the government and politicize everything. Let’s not be the devil advocate.

  1. My my my… I swear to everything i love. I would NEVER expect this to happen anywhere in the WORLD. This f&^%* is sleeping.

    This happened to the supposed “Capital of Africa’s” backyard of AU is a complete embarrassment and a national tragedy to the people of Ethiopia. But this is no surprise to the poor living outside this 4M city where 80% of the majority is ignored.

    Here is a quote from a former professor i find not too hard believe because it’s happening on the ground:

    “I lived in Addis as a professor for four years and left recently. I passed this garbage dump once while I was there. There were children as well as adults picking up whatever you could find- food, rags, plastic bags, etc. Nearby, the homes were small, mud-based and dilapidated. This is how tens of millions of Ethiopians live. In Addis Ababa, the government creates an image of modernization and “progress” by hiding the large areas of poverty with trees and expensive malls and 5-star hotels. Most Ethiopians would not even be able to afford a cup of coffee in these hotels and malls.

    This landslide was due to neglect by government and I can guarantee you that all of the victims were living in poverty. Yet you will not see any justice for these poor, unfortunate victims, due to this neglect. These victims, like all Ethiopians, are oppressed and will have no proper legal representation. Empty words of condolences will come from government officials, but compensation is unlikely, and we can be sure another disaster due to neglect will come in the near future, not to mention the dire neglect of poor Ethiopians that happens on a daily basis across the country.”

    This people are not just living at the bottom but BELOW the bottom. How can a government get away with this neglect?

    1. …….the lack of clean water provision thing was another eye opening issue….where u can see side by side top Bottled water Industries with a dirty pond water for drinking by the city’s residents.
      This is like seeing a Multi-billion $ Oil wells side by side with Nigerians living in the worst poverty…
      The teen sex Industry is crazy as well and is official where you can see offices and Magazines advertising Commercial Teen Sex from High Schools…and one can easily get Teen Escorts for $20 per day(less than 16 years olds).

      1. Ethiopia would rather become an exporter of exotic flowers, coffee beans and fancy Ivaka trump sneakers and shirts to cover their previous image then being #1 food exporter in the region with it’s natural resources. Instead, they export famine and misery to their own land.

        TN, was right…. if you look the realities on the ground… “Ethiopia is really at war with itself”

      2. The problem of Addis Abeba is similar to many capital cities in Africa. When all the development of a country is concentrated only on the capital city, it becomes a magnet for all of the people (minus farmers) looking for an employment. That is the reasons you have millions of people living in capital city of Africa.

        1. Agreed…but expressing my sadness.
          The USA Embassy was the one, who said that —“Addis has become one of the Top World Hubs of Prostitution and Teen Abuse..”.
          Will be only fair to mention here that I have seen our Teen girls and Sawa Warsayits being abused by the so called UN Peace-keeping Mission Forces…

          1. What did you do to help the “Teen girls and Sawa Warsayits being abused by the so called UN Peace-keeping Mission Forces…”?
            Did you help them? Or the usual, blamed PFDJ for it?

          2. yep:
            I did accuse the PFDJ in putting them in that sad situation…hahahh..Hope u r a happy camper now.
            BTW,I know this Martyr on the picture..Our First Lady’s brother?.

          3. Coward?
            You witnessed the girls being abused by UN members, and did nothing! Other than your usual complaining of PFDJ. Not surprised.
            BTW: I’m Expecting you to answer a question (regarding wedinakfa) I asked you on the comment page of the article “Congressman Urges U.S. to End Alliance with Brutal Ethiopian Regime”

          4. B Adal:
            Obsessed with …?
            Suk bel–empty Bravado—never solves problems.
            Many of us appealed covertly and openly to the Local Governments and to the UN about the UNMEE abuse in Eritrea in particular and in Africa in general—-…
            For the most part, it worked.
            Regarding wedinacfa??
            The akatari wedinacfa….with a wrong nick?
            Nacfa ain’t for akaterti..

          5. Gura’Kha BezeeHu!!
            I don’t have any problems that can’t be solved, even if I did, at least I’m not in the business of kissing Woyane’s ass to solve the impossible problem (PFDJ’s regime change). What is childish of you is your nonstop bragging…
            “I have done this, I have done that, I know the VOA reporter, I know this martyr’s picture, very unEritrean … enough of your Know it all, done it all crap ???? “. Even Sentiko doesn’t go that low.

        2. @ B. Adal: I do share your opinion. Cities are getting rapidly congested from the massive influx of migration from the rural area to the cities and towns. This phenomenon is expected in population dynamics as countries start the transition of urbanization.

  2. Malelit thugs will soon come on their TV and accuse Shaebia for the disaster. The prime minister will be interview and we already know what he is going to say – “Ethiopia takes proportional measure against Eritrea”

    R.I.P to those who lost their precious lives on such despicable way.

  3. The municipality foundation engineer from Dedebit probably did not know that you couldn’t build skyscrapers with a pile of trash. Hence, as far as the tribal Woyane regime is concerned, this is another natural disaster triggered by an extraordinary lunar tide, which drove the 3 story high pile of rubbish down the hill.

  4. We may have heard people dying while picking gold nuggets in a deep mine cave but my first time to hear while picking garbage. In Ethiopia anything is possible.

    1. ኢትዮጵያውያን እቲ ዝሓፈስዎ ክንዲ እምባ ዝኾውን እኽሊ ፈሪስዎም ሞይቶም እምበር፡ ኢትዮጵያውያን እቲ ማእሪሮም ሂወቶም ዝመርሕሉ ዝነበሩ ኩምራ ጓሓፍ ብምፍራሱ 48 ሰባት ሞይቶም ክብሃል ዘሕዝን’ዩ።

      1. I think the AU is to blame for all this trash. How sad indeed nationals are subjected to live by digging trash for living and are forced to live inside a land fill. May God deliver the ethiops out of the hands of grim reaper that is woyane!

        1. —sad indeed.
          R U kidding me?
          As long as they get some pretty Teens, they care less.
          Have seen that when I visited US-Mexico Border(San Diego-Tijuana) where kids were seen picking up and digging the trash for something….
          It is a curse to see the ugly face and fate of the Third World.
          Hope I will not see this in My Eritrea.

          1. RIP. So sad. The news has disappointed me because how on earth was these dump accumulated over five decades. I never knew the existance of these trash inside AA. I have seen lots of Latinos children on UNICEF posters picking trashes. I remember that there was a lady in AA who drives a beautiful car and who used to bring her assistants to collect trashes from an apartment. She dropped her assistants in the morning come to collect them after they put what they collected on a pick-up car. It was business. Sometimes people drop their precious thing by mistake and also there are other materials found to be recycled. Poor TPLF they lost lots of fortune!

          2. Mind you that I have known this Trash-Dump Hill or a Mini Trash City since 1983 or so???
            It has a serious environmental impact along with deadly Public Health impacts as well.
            I do not understand these fake janda…
            Blaming Shaebia for the Oromo protest…without giving due consideration to this kind of shame and even not providing clean water while many Bottled Water Factories nearby are making billions $$

    1. Yes, RIP!! and comfort to all their loved ones.
      Your Low IQ63 Woyane leaders are responsible for it — that is not politics, it is a fact.

    2. Yes it is tragedy but I still do not understand what the cause is. Is it really a landslide? The coincidence might help the poor around there who knows their life would be changed. Most of the time the sacrifice of ones death bring change to the survival!

  5. “የአዲስ አበባ ከንቲባ ድሪባ ኩማ ማምሻውን በሰጡት መግለጫ የሟቾቹ ቁጥር ወደ 46 ከፍ ብሏል። ከሟቾቹ ውስጥ 32 ሴቶች ሲሆኑ ቀሪዎቹ ደግሞ ወንዶች መሆናቸውንም ከንቲባው ገልጸዋል” – FBC

    According to Diriba Kuma, mayor of Addis Ababa, death toll reaches 46, out of which 32 are women.

  6. ምንሊክ ሳልሳዊ · Edit

    የቆሻሻው ናዳ አሳዛኝ አደጋና – እና – የኦሮሚያ የኢኮኖሚ አብዮት ባዶ ሽመና

    ነብስ ይማር !!! – የዓለም የዜና ማሰራጫዎች እየተቀባበሉ የሚገኙት የዘነበወርቁ የቆሼ ሰፈር የቆሻሻ ክምር ናዳ 50 ሰዎችን መግደሉን ሳይነጋ ሰማን ።እጅግ ያሳዝናል። መንግስት አለ ቢባል እነዚህ ሰዎች አይሞቱም ነበር። ለዜጎቹ ቅድሚያ የሚሰጥ ዜጎቹን የሚያገለግል መንግስት ቢኖር ይህ ሁሉ ችግር አይከሰትም ነበር። ይህ ሁሉ ዜጋ ሞቶ እያዩ ከንቲባው አሁንም በሕዝብ ላይ ያሾፋሉ። እነዚህን ምስኪኖች ማቋቋም ቢፈለግ ከመጀመሪያው ማድረግ በተቻለ ነበር። በሙስናና በፖለቲካ ስራ የተጠመደው ወያኔ ዛሬም በውሸት ሕዝብን መደለል ይፈልጋል።ከንቲባው የገቡትን ቃል ወደፊት እናየዋለን ቀኑ ይሰመርበት።

    የኦሮሚያ የኢኮኖሚ አብዮት ሕዝብን ለማዘናጋት በሕወሓት የተነደፈች የማዘናጊያ ስልት ናት ፤ ከፕሮፓጋንዳ አይዘልም። ድርድር የኢኮኖሚ አብዮት የሚባሉ ነገሮች የወያኔ የማጭበርበሪያ ስልቶች ናቸው።ኦሕዴድ እንደ ሕወሓት የፖለቲካ የበላይነትን ለመያዝ የኢኮኖሚ አብዮት እያለች ነው።ለኦሕዴድ ይህን ፕሮፖዛል የሰራው ሕወሓት ነው።ኣይጋ ፎረምና ትግራይ ኦንላየን ላይ የሚጮኸው ሕወሓት ነው። ሕዝቡን የሚያዘናጋ በኣፈሙዝን ዝም የሚያደርገው ሕወሓት ነው፤ ኦሕዴድ የስብሰባ ጡዘት መፍጠርና የሕወሃትን ደባ ማጀብ ነው ስራው።

  7. What happen with the country called Ethiopia? A fertile soil with full of rivers? Where are those 90 milion people? Weakup!!! If the new Buldings is not for those poor people then the 11% growth is a joke. Good Development is not from the top to the bottom .it should be from bottom to the upper . Then peace can be achievable in side the country. This weyane government differentiates this kilIL from that kilil biased on ethnic and tribe by grabbing land from other kilil. Why is that needed if he think by one ethiopian? Even if the so called Fetan edget is true it can disappear in one month if those poor people waking up one day.
    Very sad day for those people on the bottom. RIP

    1. ኣሌክ - Alec you · Edit

      U see **TN**, they are destroying the image of Africa. Instead of working hard, by farming their fertile land, ppl are dying because of food shortages, simple diseases etc. and now this..what a waste. This over 48 could farmed and feed their own ppl if they weren’t neglected by the chifra Woyane. Seriously!! and this 48 poor unfortunate souls are the product of that reason. TPLF only knows how to fill their pockets, and sell everything even babies to anyone with the green. Sad really. Smh

      Look how the West is so quickly to announce the failure of Africans. Just to embarrass Africans, to show the world that this is how low we are, the continent that can’t do a simple thing like feed its own ppl. And it’s ppl die by Garbage landslide while searching for food.????☹️????????

  8. RIP poor people whale are life the covered them with a garbage .Weak-up Ethiopian people time to grit of this Brutal Regime .the Ethiopian Government don’t care .It is sad to watch this!!!! Where is Stanko now?Why Sentek didn’t go help ?Is he going to say now Shaebia did it or is going to say is accident. I have never see in my life people living area and the city of Ethiopia dumb the garbage on the top !!!????Garbage-dumb area people they live.What a life!!!

  9. First R.I.P. to all the innocent poor victims. በእንቅርት ላይ ጀሮ ደግፍ፣ ድዩ ዝብሉ ኣምሓሩ። ኣብ ርእሲ ድኽነቶምን ጥምየቶምን እቲ ንቡር ሞት ሲኢነሞ። ኣብ ሰማይ የርህወሎም። ወያነ ዘይሓፍሩ ጥራሕ “ሻዕብያ እያ ዳይናማይት ኣእትያ ከምዝጸቕጦም ገራ” ክይብሉ ይኽደነና። Anyways, this is the first time in my life time I heard a garbage landslide (not a mad slide or a snow avalanche) killed dozens of people scavenging in a garbage dump in Ethiopia. ወይ ወያነ መሕነኽ! ኣበይ ድኣ ኣሎ እቲ ዕብየት ኢኮኖሚ ብ10%ን 11% ሚኢታዊት? ዕብየት ጉሓፍ? ጉሓፍ ምምጋብ? ኣብ ትሕቲ ጉሓፍ ምስፋር? እዞም ኩሎም ሙዉታት ድኣ’ሞ እንታይ ኮይኖም መይቶም? ብርግጽ ዕብየት ኢትዮጵያ ኣይኮኑን መስኪሮም ሓሊፎም። መግለጺ ዝተሳእኖ ድኽነት እዩ ጉሓፍ ክበልዑ ብጉሓፍ ተደብዮም። ሕማቕ ኣማዉታ።

    ኢኮኖሚ ቻይና ብዓሰርተታት ዓብዩ ክበሃል ከሎ እሰምዕ ነረ፣ ከም ምስክሩ ድማ ቻይና ኣበይ ኣላ ንርኢ ኣሎና። ናይ ወያነን ልኣኽቱን ግን ዓይኒ ህዝብን ዓለምን ብሓሶት ከዐውሩ ፈቲኖም። ሓቂ’ሞ ኣበይ ተዓቢጣ ትጠፍእ ኮይና። ጥምየትን ድኽነትን ኢትዮጵያ እንሆ ዕርቃኑ ወጺኡ። ትማሊ ንሃይለስላሴ ጥምየት ወሎ ኣጋሊጹ ነበረያ ነብረ እንተገርዎ፣ ሎሚ ድማ ጭፍራ ወያነ ኣሰር ቀዳሞት ስርዓታት ኢትዮጵያ ከምዘስዕቦ ናይ ግዜ ጥራሕ እዩ።

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