Ethiopia Trash Landslide Victims Receive Compensation

Ethiopia Trash Landslide Victims Receive Compensation
In this photo taken Sunday, March 12, 2017, excavators aid rescue efforts 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 city of Addis Ababa is distributing more than $4 million to victims of a huge garbage landslide that killed more than 100 people on March 13.

Hundreds more were injured or otherwise affected by the disaster at the Koshe landfill on the outskirts of Ethiopia’s capital.

The city raised the money through a combination of private and government donations.

One Koshe resident, Ersemo Balbamo, lost three of his children and all of his property, but, he sounded content with his compensation.

“The city administration is fulfilling the promise they made to the public and I would like to thank them for that,” he told VOA’s Amharic service on Monday. “We are discussing what is left to do and we are presenting our situation in a report form so that we can fix what needs to be fixed. They are accepting our questions and fixing the issues we have so I don’t have any complaints.”

Another resident, Mesfin Esubalew, was less satisfied, complaining about a lack of water and electricity at a site where the government has relocated some of the survivors.

“We only have two bono [water-pumping stations] for 100 people,” he told VOA. “We have 10 holes that serve as our bathroom for 100 people.”

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