Colombo, April 15: At least 16 persons, including four children, were killed after a garbage dump collapsed onto their homes outside the Sri Lankan capital.
The 300-feet-high pile in Meethotamulla had shifted after floods and a fire, and subsequently collapsed on Friday evening, Xinhua news agency reported.
Over 60 houses were damaged with some witnesses saying more than 100 homes were destroyed.
A rescue operation continued the entire night over scare that many people were buried in the incident.
Several others were rushed to the hospital for treatment and over 180 people have been displaced, officials said.
Sri Lanka’s President Maithripala Sirisena directed the Disaster Management Centre to provide assistance to the affected families.
The residents of the area have been protesting over the past several months urging the authorities to move the garbage to another location.