Death toll from Sierra Leone floods passes 400: Red Cross

UN agencies rushing aid to more than 3000 displaced in flood-hit Sierra Leone
Mass burials begin for 300 Sierra Leone flood victims
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19 August, 2017

More than 400 bodies have been pulled from the debris of Sierra Leone's mudslides as burials and recovery efforts were under way on Friday amid the threat of further disaster.

A hillside in the Regent area collapsed early on Monday following heavy rain, leaving many houses covered in mud.

The government has warned Freetown residents to evacuate a mountainside where a large crack has opened.

Sam Gibson, the mayor of Freetown, has called on the public to steer clear of risky locations and flood-prone areas.

According to Bishop Oyedepo, the visit was to console and pray for Sierra Leone following Monday's tragedy.

The main focus is getting people away from areas still under threat, Zuliatu Cooper, the deputy minister of health and sanitation, told The Associated Press.

Mass burials are set to begin.

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Citizens and experts alike have questioned why the government has not done more to tackle illegal construction and deforestation on the outskirts of the overcrowded capital of Freetown. An unofficial morgue toll had previously put the toll at around 400 dead, but the figure had not been officially confirmed. Many people have been unable to find loved ones as many victims were too mangled and decomposed to be identified, but the government has vowed to hold respectful burials for all.

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Jalloh and her surviving family members are among them.

President of the ECOWAS Commission De Souza also expressed sympathy and sentiments of support towards government's emergency response for the victims of the flooding and deadly mudslide. An estimated 1,600 families have been affected and need humanitarian assistance.

The International Organization for Migration said that the organization, with its partners, had developed a standard shelter and kitchen set distributed to the 1,100 households of almost 4 000 people, whose homes had been destroyed.

In recent years, trees have been cut down from the Western peninsular forest on Freetown's limits, with everything from shacks to mansions springing up on the slopes.


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