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Sat, 24 Feb 2018 12:08 - Updated Sat, 24 Feb 2018 12:08

Mozambican president pledges support for victims of garbage dump collapse

MAPUTO - Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi said Friday the government has been doing everything to restore the basic living conditions for families affected by Monday's garbage dump collapse that claimed 16 lives, including five children.

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"We regret the loss of human life," said the president on his visit to an accommodation center for those affected. "We also regret the situation in which our fellow citizens are living in. We know that they have lost a lot."

Before his visit to the accommodation center, Nyusi went to the Hulene area, which has the largest open-air landfill in the country.

Flanked by local municipal officers, the president promised that the Mozambican government will "provide all necessary support to restore the basic conditions for our brothers affected by the tragedy."

The government is looking for "an optimal place" to accommodate those affected, which should include schools, health centers and markets, Nyusi said.

A number of people were also injured in the collapse of part of the Hulene garbage dump, which was triggered by rainfall and buried five shacks.  Xinhua

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