African Development Bank advices governments to solve energy problem – new Business Ethiopia (nBE)

The President of the African Development Bank, Akinwumi Adesina and the former UN Secretary-General, Kofi Annan, have called on African Governments and their partners to do everything possible to close the continent’s huge energy gap. Welcoming the gathering, African Development Bank (AfDB) President Akinwumi Adesina stated that he drew inspiration from the Panel’s previous report in developing the Bank’s High 5 development priorities, which places energy as the top priority. Today, the Bank has a fully established Vice-Presidency for Power, Energy, Climate Change and Green Growth. The Bank hosts the Africa Renewable Energy Initiative, Africa’s bold effort towards accelerating renewable energy,” he added. “You can count on the African Development Bank, as your strategic partner, to take action on this timely report.

March 13, 2017 14:37 UTC

Ethiopian scoops Brussels cargo award

Ethiopian Airlines won the Cargo Airline Award for Network Development at the Brussels Airport Aviation Awards on March 9. It was in recognition of the largest African carrier’s commitment to expand its cargo network and for becoming the largest cargo airline at Brussels Airport. Ethiopian Group CEO Mr. Tewolde GebreMariam remarked: "With six new B777F and two B757F all-cargo planes, complemented by the vast network of bellyhold capacity on our passenger wide-body planes, Ethiopian Cargo is currently the largest cargo airline in Africa. We are grateful to our dedicated cargo team, our global cargo customers and particularly to our Belgian partners who have made our cargo Hub in Europe a resounding success.”The carrier recently opened a new terminal at its Addis Ababa hub, the largest of its kind in Africa.

March 13, 2017 11:26 UTC

Landslide in Ethiopia kills 46

On the outskirts of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, a landslide at a dumping ground has resulted in the death of at least 46 people. Dagmawit Moges, head of the city communications bureau, said, 46 people had died —32 females and 14 males, including some children. While the exact reason of the landslide has not yet been ascertained, the construction of a new biogas plant at a nearby hill is believed to have been the reason behind the landslide. Ethiopian Communications Minister Negeri Lencho said that the authorities are still investigating the cause behind the landslide. However, as per various reports, bulldozers could be seen moving mounds of garbage around and levelling the ground for the plant even after the tragic landslide.

March 13, 2017 11:26 UTC

Ethiopia trash dump landslide kills 50

(CNN) -- A landslide at a huge landfill killed at least 50 people and injured dozens more outside the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa, Communications Minister Negeri Lencho said. Officials were still investigating how the landslide at the sprawling Koshe landfill occurred Saturday night, Lencho said. Security personnel are still searching for people who have been reported missing in the landslide, Lencho said, and authorities are working to find housing for the families affected. Some of the people who were trapped in the landslide tried to call authorities to get help from inside the debris, the group said. A similar landslide occurred in December 2015 at a waste dump in Shenzhen, China, killing 58.

March 13, 2017 11:15 UTC

Funeral today for Ethiopia rubbish dump landslide victims, death toll rises to 48

The death toll in the landslide at a major rubbish dump on the outskirts of Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa has risen to 48. 32 women were among the dead while dozens of the injured are receiving medical treatment at a neighbouring hospital, Ethiopian state media confirms. The Ethiopian government has sent its condolences and representatives who will attend the funeral of the dead later on Monday. The collapse occurred Saturday night pulling down about thirty houses belonging to people living on the landfill in Koshe. The Koshe landfill has existed for more than 40 years and is one of the major dump sites on the outskirts of the capital which is home to a growing 4 million people.

March 13, 2017 11:05 UTC

Landslide in rubbish dump kills 48 persons in Ethiopia

The incident occurred in a major rubbish dump on the suburbs of Ethiopia’s capital. Major Landslide in Addis AbabaA major landslide occurred on Saturday on the outskirts of Addis Ababa, killing more than 48 Ethiopians. At least 12 persons are still missing, and probably trapped under tons of waste at the Koshe waste dump. A rubbish recycling site in the capitalThe landfill was used as the major waste site in Addis Ababa. The new facility was to be set near the Koshe site, in order to burn rubbish and produce electricity.

March 13, 2017 11:03 UTC

Ethiopia rubbish dump landslide: Search for survivors

Media caption Police and rescuers at the site of the rubbish landslideRescue workers are searching for survivors of a landslide that has killed 62 people at a vast dump in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa. Officials say the death toll for the Saturday night landslide at the Koshe landfill is likely to rise. Rescuers are using bulldozers and even bare hands to move tonnes of debris as the search for survivors and dead bodies continues. They plan to burn rubbish generated by the capital's estimated four million people and convert it into electricity. Image copyright AP Image caption Some people have made a living out of the dump

March 13, 2017 10:17 UTC

Ethiopian Airlines wins cargo airline award for network development – new Business Ethiopia (nBE)

Ethiopian Airlines wins ‘Cargo Airline Award for Network Development’ at the tenth anniversary of the Brussels Airport Aviation Awards held on March 9, 2017. The Network Development Awards are presented to airlines that have developed new routes or achieved a remarkable growth in passengers or cargo. As a result, the ‘Network Development Award Cargo Airline’ award was awarded to Ethiopian Cargo in recognition to the commitment of the airline to rapidly expand its cargo network and for becoming the largest cargo airline at Brussels Airport in just 6 months period. Ever since the first cargo charter operation was launched to Nairobi in 1946 and the boom of agriculture export products out of Ethiopia, Ethiopian Cargo Services has been steadily growing. Ethiopian Cargo is also automating its entire cargo business process with one of the best Cargo IT systems (SITA Champ Cargo Spot) with the aim of providing the most efficient air cargo services within, to and from Africa.

March 13, 2017 08:37 UTC

Garbage landslide death toll in Ethiopia reaches 62 – new Business Ethiopia (nBE)

Following the landslide of a mountain of garbage, 62 people died on Saturday evening in Addis Ababa. The incident happened at the city’s trash dumping area known as Koshe, the government said. The 62 victims include, 32 are female and 14 male, including some children. Koshe, whose name means “dirt” in local slang, was closed last year by city authorities who asked people to move to a new dump site outside Addis Ababa. Meanwhile the community there did not want the landfill, and so the garbage collectors moved back.

March 13, 2017 08:30 UTC

Dozens Dead Or Missing In Landslide At Ethiopian Garbage Dump

Dozens Dead Or Missing In Landslide At Ethiopian Garbage DumpEnlarge this image toggle caption Elias Meseret/AP Elias Meseret/APUpdated at 11 a.m. The death toll stood at 62 on Monday, according to The Associated Press, which cited the state-affiliated Fana Broadcasting Corporate. The collapse at the Koshe Garbage Landfill buried several makeshift homes and concrete buildings. "The resumption of garbage dumping at the site in recent months likely caused the landslide, Assefa said. The landfill has been a dumping ground for the capital's garbage for more than 50 years.

March 13, 2017 07:38 UTC

Death Toll in Ethiopian Garbage Dump Landslide Rises to 65

Rescue workers carry the body of a victim recovered out from a pile of garbage following a landslide when a mound of trash collapsed on an informal settlement at the Koshe garbage dump in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa, March 13, 2017. "My babies, my babies, my little daughter," cried one man wandering through the garbage dump in the Ethiopian capital, tears streaming down his face. The landslide late on Saturday destroyed 49 dwellings and left 28 people injured, city spokesman Amare Mekonen said. Hundreds of people live on the 50-year-old Reppi dump, the city's only landfill site, scavenging for food and items they can sell such as recyclable metal. On Monday, rescuers used bulldozers to move piles of trash as hundreds of people gathered at the scene, weeping and praying.

March 13, 2017 07:30 UTC

46 killed in Ethiopian garbage dump landslide

Addis Ababa city spokeswoman Dagmawit Moges said most of the 46 dead were women and children, and more bodies were expected to be found in the coming hours. It was not immediately clear what caused Saturday night’s collapse at the Koshe Garbage Landfill, which buried several makeshift homes and concrete buildings. Now I don’t know the fate of all of them.”The resumption of garbage dumping at the site in recent months likely caused the landslide, Assefa said. City officials say close to 300,000 tons of waste are collected each year from the capital, most of it dumped at the landfill. City officials in recent years have been trying to turn the garbage into a source of clean energy with a$120 million investment.

March 13, 2017 07:19 UTC

Dozens Killed in Addis Ababa Trash Dump Landslide

Some 500 waste pickers are believed to visit the dump every day, sifting through the waste of the better off for anything of value. About 150 people are thought to have been on the dump site when the landslide occurred Saturday night, a resident told AP. Mayor of Addis Ababa Diriba Kuma said 37 people had been rescued and taken for medical treatment. This is not the first landslide at the dump site, which stretches for more than 30 hectares and supports a hierarchy of scratchers who look for food, materials or resellable items in its muck. The country has been under a state of emergency since October, after dozens were killed during protests for more political freedoms.

March 12, 2017 20:26 UTC

Ethiopia's tramway struggles to match expectations

The Addis Ababa tramway is one of the few examples of urban public transport infrastructure in a continent where public transport system is severally constrained. But 14 months after it was inaugurated, the tramway is struggling to match user expectations. Zerayakob Assefa, a retired man, is waiting for the train which is supposed to take him to the eastern suburbs. The company however notes that the tramway has already transported 50 million people and has had a “positive impact”, particularly for low-income people. “The aim was to respond to the shortcomings of the transport system, especially for people with lower incomes,” Kassa said.

March 12, 2017 17:15 UTC

Rubbish dump landslide kills at least 30 in Ethiopia

At least 30 people have been killed and dozens more hurt in a giant landslide at Ethiopia’s largest rubbish dump, officials have said. Dozens of homes of squatters who lived in the Koshe landfill site, on the outskirts of Addis Ababa, were flattened when the largest pile of rubbish collapsed on Saturday. Many of the victims were squatters who scavenged for a living in the dump, she said. People had built the houses about two to three years ago, said Berhanu Degefe, a rubbish collector who lives at the dump but whose home was not destroyed. Read moreKoshe, whose name means “dirt” in local slang, was closed last year by city authorities who asked people to move to a new dump site outside Addis Ababa.

March 12, 2017 15:52 UTC

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