More than 300 dead, 700 missing after Sierra Leone mudslide

More than 300 dead, 700 missing after Sierra Leone mudslide

President Ernest Bai Koroma earlier pleaded for "urgent support", saying entire communities had been wiped out.

As our country mourns this awful tragedy, I wish to join my Party, the Sierra Leone People's Party to express my honest and heartfelt condolences to the bereaved families for the huge loss of their loved ones.

Mohamed Koroma, a university student in Freetown who visited the morgue on Tuesday, said people had to cover their faces with masks.

Sierra Leone's military, police and Red Cross volunteers were deployed in an all-out effort to locate and rescue citizens trapped in their homes or under rubble. "Many of our compatriots have lost their lives, many more have been gravely injured and billions of leones' worth of property destroyed", he said. "The immediate need of people affected are water and food, meanwhile thousands of families who have lost their homes need shelter, and there are also serious health concerns", Kayode Akintola, Cafod's country representative for Sierra Leone said.

The first worldwide aid arrived in Sierra Leone on Tuesday after Israel sent enough food for 10,000 meals for the thousands displaced by the deadly mudslides in the West African country.

The bodies of 297 people, including 109 children, had been counted in the morgue of Freetown's largest hospital, Connaught Hospital, alone, Banguara said.

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Semin, the death toll now stands at 400, but with another 600 still missing, according to the Red Cross, the number is expected to go even higher.

The morgue in Freetown has stated that almost 400 bodies have been brought there, according to Reuters and a representative from the Red Cross.

"In places, entire communities seem to have been washed away and whatever is left is covered in mud", said Abdul Nasir, program coordinator for the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. "We're trying to cordon [off] the area [and] evacuate the people".

British charity Street Child has launched emergency flood relief appeal to support thousands of people affected by the mudslides. "By the time we got up water was flowing in and the whole house was flooded", said 36-year-old Salimatu Bangura. Freetown residents spoke of their struggles to cope with the destruction and find their loved ones.

The city of around a million people often experiences flooding during the annual rainy season, when there's a spike in the risk of potentially deadly waterborne diseases.

The Catholic Agency for Overseas Development (CAFOD) are on the ground in Freetown, Sierra Leone's capital and have released a statement detailing the conditions there.

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