World Bulletin / News Desk
Emergency workers in Sri Lanka rushed Friday to an area of the capital where a giant rubbish dump caught fire and collapsed on dozens of shanties as the country marked its traditional New Year.
"We are trying to get to the shanties that were buried under tonnes of rubbish," the official said.
He said it was unclear whether anyone was inside the makeshift homes when they were buried under the rubbish. Several ambulances have also been sent to the area.
Local residents had been protesting about the environmental damage to the area from the open dump, where some 800 tonnes of solid waste was added daily.
The fire broke out as the country marked its traditional Sinhala and Tamil New Year and most people were in their homes celebrating.Güncelleme Tarihi: 14 Nisan 2017, 15:24