A Deadly Downpour of Garbage

Heavy rains catalyzed a massive garbage landslide in Mozambique’s capital that killed 16 people last week, revealing the precarious foundations of life around Maputo’s Hulele rubbish dump.

Anticipating tragedy, local environmentalists have long campaigned for the dump—home to 2 decades’ worth of waste—to be shuttered and relocated.

Half of Mozambique’s population lives below the poverty line, and scores of waste-pickers earn their living re-selling items like foraged recyclables on to Chinese buyers. The dump’s informal economy has made its vicinity a residential area, infested with stagnant water and mosquitoes, and vulnerable to a tragedy years in the making.

The Guardian

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