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Mozambique Garbage Dump collapse ‘kills at least 17’ people

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At least 17 people have been killed after heavy rains caused the partial collapse of a Garbage  dump in Mozambique.

A 15-meter high pile of rubbish collapsed, destroying seven houses, and rescuers fear more bodies may be buried under the debris.

The accident, at the Hulene landfill, six miles from the center of the capital, Maputo, happened at 3am local time.

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Families living close to the site have fled their homes fearing another collapse.

Reports suggest the houses were built illegally and officials had previously asked residents to leave.

Despedida Rita, a councillor for Ka Mavota Municipal District, said: “Up to now 17 dead bodies were recovered. We fear more might be unaccounted for.

“So we will keep searching for bodies buried underneath the rubbish pile.”

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Residents blamed that collapse on construction work for a bio-gas plant being built on top of the rubbish pile.

As in Ethiopia, the dead in the Maputo collapse could include those squatting near the landfill site to search for food and items to sell.

The Hulene dump – the only official dump for Maputo’s 3.5 million people – is located in a densely populated neighborhood covering around 17 hectares

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Nigerian President Buhari Warns Ballot box snatchers to value their lives

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President Muhammadu Buhari has warned those planning to snatch ballot boxes during the elections to desist or pay with his or her life if caught.



President Buhari who stated this at the opening session of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Caucus meeting in Abuja, on Monday, said that such act would be the last unlawful act the person will be brought to book.

Meanwhile, the governors of Imo, Rochas Okorocha and Ogun, Ibikunle Amosun were conspicuously absent at the meeting.

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Buhari who said he is confident that he has garnered enough supporters having gone round the country to campaign, urged party members to reassure their constituents to come out and vote on the rescheduled dates.

While urging party agents to watch out for the party interests at the polling units the president said that he has directed security agencies to identify hot spots and be ready to move should they suspect any attempts to cause problems by thugs across the country irrespective of party affiliations.

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DR Congo blame Unending Ebola Outbreak on Violence , Community Mistrust.

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DR Congo Ministry of Health spokesperson Jessica Ilunga has declared that violence and community mistrust have continued to hamper all efforts to control and end the fresh Ebola outbreak, which started Aug. 1.



Though according to the World Health Organization the number of new Ebola cases has dropped slightly in the Democratic Republic of the Congo as there are 33% fewer cases to date in February compared with the same time period in December per STAT’s Helen Branswell, but some experts warn Axios that there remain signs that this outbreak is far from over.

Meanwhile, some experts warn that, that doesn’t mean the world’s second-largest Ebola outbreak on record is yet under control, and in fact it could simply be moving to new areas of the sprawling country.

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Johns Hopkins’ public health expert Jennifer Nuzzo maintains there are several reasons people should continue to view this outbreak as a cause for concern.

However, Nuzzo said Congo needs more than money from the international community and the U.S. in particular. Safety concerns have largely caused the CDC to limit its Ebola experts to the capital city of Kinshasa, where some have returned after being evacuated during an uptick in election-related violence, Nuzzo added that Now is the time for the U.S. to send them into the field.

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