312 killed in Sierra Leone mudslides

Dhaka,  Mon,  25 September 2017
Published : 15 Aug 2017, 10:17:10
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Sierra Leone floods kill hundreds as mudslides bury houses

More than 300 people have been killed in mudslides and flooding near Sierra Leone's capital, Freetown.

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

Many people may have been asleep when the mudslide occurred, the BBC reports.

The number of casualties is expected to rise. Locals were reportedly trying to recover bodies from the rubble and mud with their bare hands.

The worst-hit area is thought to be the Regent district on the outskirts of Freetown, where dozens of houses were submerged when the hillside collapsed at about 06:00 GMT.

Red Cross spokesman Patrick Massaquoi told a global news agency that 312 were confirmed dead and warned the toll could rise further.

Another spokesman for the Red Cross, Abubakarr Tarawallie, told the BBC that at least 100 properties had been submerged and that some had collapsed after a section of Sugar Loaf mountain came down.

Rogers said a huge humanitarian effort will be required to deal with the aftermath of the flooding.
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