If you lived near a dumpsite, its probably because you have no idea how dangerous it is. Despite having to cope with the horrible stench coming from it, you also risk losing your life if it ever collapses.

A dumpsite’s collapse resulted in the tragic death of at least 17 people on Monday in Mozambique’s capital.

Several people were also reported injured when the 15-metre pile of garbage collapsed due to heavy rain and buried seven houses.

Officials said the collapse happened at around 3 a.m. in the impoverished Hulene neighbourhood, which is around 10 km (6 miles) from the centre of Maputo.

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The houses were built illegally, and authorities had previously asked the residents to leave, according to the official.

“Up to now 17 dead bodies were recovered. We fear more might be unaccounted for. So, we will keep searching for bodies buried underneath the garbage pile,” a councillor for Ka Mavota Municipal District, Despedida Rita, told reporters.

Land pressure in many African cities leads some people to squat on land they do not own as they seek higher wages available in urban centres. The dwellings are sometimes built on land that is marginal or unsafe.

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