In pics: Hundreds feared buried in Sri Lanka rubbish dump landslide

A landslide at a massive waste site in Sri Lanka's capital killed at least 19 people.The 91-metre high rubbish dump at the northeastern edge of Colombo collapsed on Friday when a fire broke out at its top, engulfing the mountain of rubbish in flames and triggering a landslide that swamped the homes below.

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A Sri Lankan resident walks through damaged homes at the site of a collapsed garbage dump in Colombo on April 16, 2017. (ISHARA S. KODIKARA / AFP)

A Sri Lankan resident walks through damaged homes at the site of a collapsed garbage dump in Colombo on April 16, 2017. (ISHARA S. KODIKARA / AFP)

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Members of the military dig out the body of a dead victim during a rescue mission after a garbage dump collapsed and buried dozens of houses in Colombo, Sri Lanka . (Dinuka Liyanawatte / REUTERS)

Members of the military dig out the body of a dead victim during a rescue mission after a garbage dump collapsed and buried dozens of houses in Colombo, Sri Lanka . (Dinuka Liyanawatte / REUTERS)

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The 300-foot-high (90-metre) dump in the capital Colombo collapsed after flames engulfed it late on Friday, the nation’s new year’s day (AP)

The 300-foot-high (90-metre) dump in the capital Colombo collapsed after flames engulfed it late on Friday, the nation’s new year’s day (AP)

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Members of the military carry a dead victim during a rescue mission after a garbage dump collapsed and buried dozens of houses in Colombo. (Dinuka Liyanawatte / REUTERS)

Members of the military carry a dead victim during a rescue mission after a garbage dump collapsed and buried dozens of houses in Colombo. (Dinuka Liyanawatte / REUTERS)

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Members of the military work during a rescue mission after a garbage dump collapsed and buried dozens of houses. (Dinuka Liyanawatte / REUTERS)

Members of the military work during a rescue mission after a garbage dump collapsed and buried dozens of houses. (Dinuka Liyanawatte / REUTERS)

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Emergency workers looking for survivors after a massive rubbish dump collapsed in Sri Lanka . (Dinuka Liyanawatte / REUTERS)

Emergency workers looking for survivors after a massive rubbish dump collapsed in Sri Lanka . (Dinuka Liyanawatte / REUTERS)

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The death toll from the collapse of the massive garbage mound near Sri Lanka's capital rose to more than a dozen Sunday, and residents feared more victims could be buried underneath the debris. Maj. Gen. Sudantha Ranasinghe, who is heading the rescue efforts, said 78 houses were destroyed and more than 150 were damaged. (Eranga Jayawardena / AP)

The death toll from the collapse of the massive garbage mound near Sri Lanka's capital rose to more than a dozen Sunday, and residents feared more victims could be buried underneath the debris. Maj. Gen. Sudantha Ranasinghe, who is heading the rescue efforts, said 78 houses were destroyed and more than 150 were damaged. (Eranga Jayawardena / AP)

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A Sri Lankan military official stands overlooking damaged homes at the site of a collapsed garbage dump in Colombo. (ISHARA S. KODIKARA / AFP)

A Sri Lankan military official stands overlooking damaged homes at the site of a collapsed garbage dump in Colombo. (ISHARA S. KODIKARA / AFP)

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A Sri Lankan woman who lost her family members in a garbage dump collapse cries in Meetotamulla, on the outskirts of Colombo. (Eranga Jayawardena/ AP)

A Sri Lankan woman who lost her family members in a garbage dump collapse cries in Meetotamulla, on the outskirts of Colombo. (Eranga Jayawardena/ AP)

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Sri Lankan government soldiers and rescue workers cary a body recovered from the site of a garbage dump collapse. (Eranga Jayawardena / AP)

Sri Lankan government soldiers and rescue workers cary a body recovered from the site of a garbage dump collapse. (Eranga Jayawardena / AP)

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Residents of the area, mostly living in shanties, had been demanding the removal of the dump, saying it was causing health problems. The government had said it would remove it soon under an infrastructure plan. (Dinuka Liyanawatte / REUTERS)

Residents of the area, mostly living in shanties, had been demanding the removal of the dump, saying it was causing health problems. The government had said it would remove it soon under an infrastructure plan. (Dinuka Liyanawatte / REUTERS)

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Crows fly over a row of houses buried by a collapse of a garbage dump. (Eranga Jayawardena / AP)

Crows fly over a row of houses buried by a collapse of a garbage dump. (Eranga Jayawardena / AP)

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Sri Lankan military personnel stand among damaged homes at the site of a collapsed garbage dump. (ISHARA S. KODIKARA / AFP)

Sri Lankan military personnel stand among damaged homes at the site of a collapsed garbage dump. (ISHARA S. KODIKARA / AFP)

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A part of the garbage dump that had been used in recent years to dump the waste from capital Colombo. (Eranga Jayawardena / AP)

A part of the garbage dump that had been used in recent years to dump the waste from capital Colombo. (Eranga Jayawardena / AP)

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Members of the military wait until another rescue team recovers a dead victim during a rescue mission. (Dinuka Liyanawatte / REUTERS)

Members of the military wait until another rescue team recovers a dead victim during a rescue mission. (Dinuka Liyanawatte / REUTERS)

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Sri Lankan army soldiers and rescue workers salvage belongings after houses are buried in a collapse of a garbage dump . (Eranga Jayawardena / AP)

Sri Lankan army soldiers and rescue workers salvage belongings after houses are buried in a collapse of a garbage dump . (Eranga Jayawardena / AP)

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People affected by a garbage dump collapse salvage their belongings. (Eranga Jayawardena / AP)

People affected by a garbage dump collapse salvage their belongings. (Eranga Jayawardena / AP)

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A white flag is seen on top of the garbage dump during a rescue mission. (Dinuka Liyanawatte / REUTERS)

A white flag is seen on top of the garbage dump during a rescue mission. (Dinuka Liyanawatte / REUTERS)

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