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A last Thursday explosion at a waste dump in Benin Republic killed eight people, local mayor Robert Tolegbon said on Sunday.

The blast occurred at a giant trash heap in Tori, a town about 40 km (25 miles) northwest of the capital Cotonou as locals were sifting for food.

Previously, the health ministry said two people had died.

Safety standards for waste management are poor in much of West Africa and debris is rarely filtered to eliminate toxic or flammable materials.

Author: Cerebral Lemon