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400 dead, 600 more missing in historic Sierra Leone mudslide

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Rescuers at work after the disaster.
Photo: CBC
No fewer than 400 people have been confirmed dead and about
600 others declared missing as search continues after historic mudslide in
Sierra Leone capital, Freetown.
President Ernest Bai Koroma earlier pleaded for “urgent
support”, saying entire communities had been wiped out.
The Red Cross has warned it is a race against time to find
survivors.

A mass burial of victims is planned on Wednesday to free up
space in mortuaries.
Presidential spokesman, Abdulai Baraytay, told the BBC that
bodies were still being pulled from the mud and rubble.
“The entire community is now in mourning. Loved ones
are still missing, well over 600 people,” he said.
The United Nations said its teams in Sierra Leone had
mobilised and were supporting rescue efforts.
“Contingency plans are being put in place to mitigate
any potential outbreak of waterborne diseases such as cholera, typhoid and
diarrhoea, UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric said.
Homes in the hilltop community of Regent were engulfed after
part of Sugar Loaf mountain collapsed following heavy rain early on Monday.
Many victims were asleep in bed when disaster struck.
President Koroma fought back tears as he toured Regent on
Monday and said the devastation was “overwhelming us”.
“Entire communities have been wiped out. We need urgent
support now,” he said.

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