2 Sept, New Delhi: A landfill in Indian capital city of New Delhi caved in Friday, killing two and trapping several others, besides vehicles, officials said.

The landfill, a huge pile of garbage, collapsed in Ghazipur, east of Delhi.

“A huge pile of garbage at a massive dumping site collapsed here today, pushing a few vehicles into a canal,” Ajay Arora, a local officer told media on the spot.

“Two bodies have been recovered from the Kondli canal, five persons who were trapped have been rescued.”
The trapped ones were pulled out by divers. Rescuers also used ropes to help trapped ones come out.

Following the collapse, a team of disaster response force personnel rushed to the spot with large cranes to clear road of trash.

Media reports said five cars were swept away into canal when the landfill site collapsed.

The area has turned into a garbage dumping over years. It is one of the oldest landfills in Delhi.

Authorities said they were trying to ascertain the reason behind collapse. However, preliminary reports suggest that the intermittent rains in city could have triggered its collapse. Xinhua