BREAKING: At Least 22 DEAD, Dozens Injured In FREAK EVENT- Military On Scene- Here’s What We Know

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Dean James AMERICA’S FREEDOM FIGHTERS

A freak incident in Colombo, Sri Lanka has left at least 22 dead and dozens more injured when a massive mound of garbage collapsed on a cluster of homes in the area. 

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At least 20 more people could still be buried underneath the debris, according to reports.

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Maj. Gen. Sudantha Ranasinghe, who is heading the rescue efforts, said authorities were struggling to determine exactly how many people were trapped under the debris due to a lack of information from the residents.

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He said 78 houses were destroyed and more than 150 were damaged.

Military personnel and rescue workers are on the the site in Meetotamulla, a small town outside Colombo.

They are talking with survivors to help determine how many people are missing.

Lawyer and activist Nuwan Bopage, who had worked with local residents in their protests to have the garbage dump removed, said about 20 people were buried under the debris.

A resident who identified himself only as Sanjaya said that he and others were searching for three neighbors — an elderly man, his daughter and granddaughter — who were buried under the collapse.

Some of the injured people were treated at the hospital and released but at least 12 have remained in the hospital.

The site has been used to dump Colombo’s garbage for the past few years as authorities sought to give the capital a face-lift. But residents living in tiny homes in the area have protested against all the waste being dumped there because of health hazards.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said that the government would soon remove the garbage dump from the area.

He also said 625 people whose homes were either destroyed or under threat from the collapse were being housed in nearby schools.

The death toll is expected to rise.

So tragic.

Our hearts and prayers go out to everyone involved in this horrific event.

God Bless.

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