Africa

Death toll reaches 50 in Ethiopia landfill collapse

  • In this Sunday, March 12, 2017 photo, residents look on as rescue efforts take place at the scene of a garbage landslide, on the outskirts of the capital Addis Ababa, in Ethiopia. A mountain of trash gave way in a massive garbage dump on the outskirts of Ethiopia's capital, killing dozens and leaving more missing, residents said. (AP Photo/Mulugeta Ayene)

    In this Sunday, March 12, 2017 photo, residents look on as rescue efforts take place at the scene of a garbage landslide, on the outskirts of the capital Addis Ababa, in Ethiopia. A mountain of trash gave way in a massive garbage dump on the outskirts of Ethiopia's capital, killing dozens and leaving more missing, residents said. (AP Photo/Mulugeta Ayene)  (The Associated Press)

  • An excavator aids rescue efforts at the scene of a garbage landslide on the outskirts of the capital Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Sunday, March 12, 2017. A mountain of trash gave way in a massive garbage dump on the outskirts of Ethiopia's capital, killing at least 46 people and leaving several dozen missing. (AP Photo/Elias Meseret)

    An excavator aids rescue efforts at the scene of a garbage landslide on the outskirts of the capital Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Sunday, March 12, 2017. A mountain of trash gave way in a massive garbage dump on the outskirts of Ethiopia's capital, killing at least 46 people and leaving several dozen missing. (AP Photo/Elias Meseret)  (The Associated Press)

  • In this Sunday, March 12, 2017 photo, rescuers work at the scene of a garbage landslide, on the outskirts of the capital Addis Ababa, in Ethiopia. A mountain of trash gave way in a massive garbage dump on the outskirts of Ethiopia's capital, killing dozens and leaving more missing, residents said. (AP Photo/Mulugeta Ayene)

    In this Sunday, March 12, 2017 photo, rescuers work at the scene of a garbage landslide, on the outskirts of the capital Addis Ababa, in Ethiopia. A mountain of trash gave way in a massive garbage dump on the outskirts of Ethiopia's capital, killing dozens and leaving more missing, residents said. (AP Photo/Mulugeta Ayene)  (The Associated Press)

Officials say the death toll has reached 50 from the collapse of a mountain of trash at a massive garbage dump on the outskirts of Ethiopia's capital.

Rescue and recovery efforts continued Monday at the Koshe landfill as relatives clutching photos waited for news of the dozens said to be missing. It is not clear what caused Saturday night's collapse.

Weeping mourners are lining the narrow roads around the landfill as police try to block people from entering the site. Hundreds of waste-pickers work at the landfill every day, and others find cheap housing there.

The chief of clinical services at the Alert Hospital where the injured have been taken, Solomon Bussa, says about 54 people have received treatment. Many houses were buried under the rubble.