Africa

Death toll in Ethiopia landfill collapse rises to 113

Police officers secure the perimeter at the scene of a garbage landslide in Ethiopia.

Police officers secure the perimeter at the scene of a garbage landslide in Ethiopia.  (AP)

A city official says the death toll from a collapse at a landfill outside Ethiopia's capital has risen sharply to 113.

Addis Ababa official Dagmawit Moges confirmed the increase Wednesday evening.

Another official with the city's emergency department, Nigatu Mamo, says the search and rescue effort continues.

Ethiopians have begun three days of national mourning after Saturday's collapse of a mountain of trash.

Many victims were women and children when debris buried makeshift mud-and-stick homes inside the Koshe landfill.