- Garbage dump in east Delhi's Ghazipur collapsed around 2:20 pm
- Four vehicles fell into adjoining canal, rescue operations underway
- Ghazipur landfill, 80 feet pile of garbage, caters to east, north Delhi
Five people have reportedly been pulled out with the help of ropes and divers. "Two bodies have been recovered from the Kondli canal in which the cars fell," said Ajay Arora, a district officer.
A rescue operation had been on for three hours at the site in Ghazipur, which is near Delhi's border with Uttar Pradesh. A team of the National Disaster Response Force or NDRF also joined the effort in orange jumpsuits and masks, and large cranes cleared the road of trash. A crowd gathered to watch, among them residents who have complained about the dump for years.
"People don't bother... we have been complaining for years and years. Why are these dangerous dumps allowed to threaten our lives?" said an angry resident.
The Delhi Pollution Control Board had told the Delhi High Court in 2015 that this landfill could one day harm people. While the municipal corporation manages waste in Delhi, the Delhi Development Authority provides land to be used as dumping grounds. At least 10,000 tonnes of garbage flow out of Delhi every day.
The Delhi Traffic Police tweeted that the road leading from the Delhi-Noida-Delhi Expressway towards the landfill has been shut down.
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