'It was like an explosion': the fatal rubbish landslide in Mozambique | Shaun Swingler

Sixteen people died last week when heavy rains triggered a collapse on Maputo’s landfill, leading to calls for the mayor’s resignation, and exposing the grim realities of life in one of the poorest parts of the city

Last Monday at 3am, rain pummelled Mozambique’s capital. The country has a notorious wet season and in recent weeks many residents had complained of the high rainfall.

In Hulene, an impoverished neighbourhood 10km from the city centre, lies the Hulene dump: a 17-hectare (42-acre) mountain of rubbish that towers 15 metres above the people who have made their homes on its fringes.

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