Sierra Leone: ECOWAS donates $400000 to mudslide victims

Sierra Leone: Rescue workers find 400 bodies in mudslide, over 600 still missing

Sierra Leone: Rescue workers find 400 bodies in mudslide, over 600 still missing

Over 400 people have been confirmed dead after a mudslide in Regent, near Freetown, Sierra Leone.

The government has hired 600 gravediggers for burials in a cemetery were victims of the 2014 Ebola outbreak are buried.

Although the death toll is officially 300, rescue workers privately agree the toll is far higher, and one said that in line with an unofficial morgue toll, 400 graves had been dug for the victims, who will be buried over a two-day period.

Mass burials will begin Thursday for victims of mudslides and floods that took place earlier this week, and officials fear more death and destruction is "imminent".

"I lost my sister and mother". Even though a lot of bodies have been recovered, there is still a lot to be discovered, he said, adding that such solidarity shows a sense of belonging in the typical African way when "one of us is facing difficulties". "You know we're in the rainy season, waterborne diseases are rife, mosquitoes, Malaria is a risk", Saigal said.

Freetown also is plagued by unregulated building of large residential houses in hilltop areas.

The Red Cross has reported that some 600 persons are still missing. "This allowed us to respond quickly, and it means we can accompany communities on their road to recovery", Mr Sy said.

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"We stand with the people of Spain as they confront the hands of evil, which has disrupted their peaceful way of life".

The displaced are still sleeping outside "because there are not enough shelters for everybody", he said.

President Gnassingbe lamented the fact that Sierra Leone was engrossed in massive infrastructural development when Ebola struck a few years back which, he said, derailed the country's developmental aspirations.

"Children have been left homeless, vulnerable and terrified".

Some critics accused the government of not learning from past disasters in a city where many poor areas are near sea level and lack good drainage.

President Ernest Bai Koroma, who has been blamed for exacerbating the damage from the mudslide due to his failure to tackle illegal construction in the nation's capital, is expected to attend the ceremony for those killed.

While flooding is a natural disaster, the scale of the human tragedy in the country's capital of Freetown is, sadly, very much man-made, the human rights group's deputy director of global issues, Makmid Kamara, said in a statement.

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