Sanitary landfill collapse in Delhi injures three

Video footage of the collapsed landfill shared by the NGO, Chintan

Three people were injured after a portion of the Bhalswa landfill in Delhi collapsed following heavy rain on Thursday.

A spokesperson of North Delhi Municipal Corporation, which manages the landfill, said three ragpickers who were buried under the debris were rescued and taken to hospital. Two of them have been discharged.

The landfill, which is 53 metres high, receives 2,100 metric tonnes of waste every day from North and Outer Delhi areas. Despite reaching its capacity in 2006, it continues to be in use due to a lack of alternate sites, reports The Hindustan Times. Dramatic video footage of the collapsed garbage shared by the NGO Chintan (shared above) shows the extent of the problem.

During the last few months, the NDMC had deployed trommel screening machines to treat the waste and claimed that the landfill was being cleared.

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