Colombo Cardinal Speaks Out After Garbage Dump Collapse

Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith of Colombo has spoken on Sri Lanka’s "garbage problem" a week after a dump collapsed killing 32 people.

"I appeal to the leaders of the government to find a solution to the problem of garbage that is eco-friendly and not harmful to the lives of people and the environment," said Cardinal Ranjith.

"It would be good to establish a national policy on the garbage problem," the prelate said in a statement on April 20.

The statement comes after a garbage dump in Meethotamulla, Colombo collapsed on April 14 killing 32 people and damaging homes. Some eight people are still missing and rescue operations are ongoing.

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