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Sierra Leone mudslides kill hundreds

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 8/14/17, 10:48 am

A mudslide that swept through the outskirts of Sierra Leone’s capital, Freetown, killed at least 200 people after heavy rainfall Monday. Images on local media showed people waist-deep in floodwaters. Sinneh Kamara, a coroner technician at the Connaught Hospital mortuary, said bodies were spread out on the floor of the morgue. “The capacity at the mortuary is too small for the corpses,” he told the Sierra Leone National Broadcasting Corporation. Mudslides are common during the rainy season in the region, due in part to poor drainage systems.

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Onize Ohikere

Onize is WORLD's Africa reporter. She is a World Journalism Institute graduate and earned a journalism degree from Minnesota State University-Moorhead. Onize resides in Abuja, Nigeria. Follow her on Twitter @onize_ohiks.

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