|Published : 16 Apr 2017, 19:14:42|
Garbage mountain collapse kills 23 in Lanka
The death toll in huge garbage mountain collapse reached 23 Sunday morning
The 91m-high dump came crashing down on homes in Colombo Friday. The country marked the traditional new year on that day.
The disaster also destroyed 145 homes.
Activists said some 20 more people could still be buried underneath the debris
Hundreds of soldiers are digging through the rubbish and the wreckage of 145 homes.
However, hopes of finding anyone alive under a collapsed mountain of garbage in Sri Lanka's capital are fading
The Colombo National hospital said four children aged between 11 and 15 were among the 23 people killed.
Hospital spokeswoman Pushpa Soysa said a man and a woman pulled out of the dump on Friday were in intensive care while another 11 were also still in hospital.
Police have stepped up security in the area following reports of looting and said they arrested 18 men suspected of stealing victims' belongings.