Sierra Leone
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Sierra Leone casualties rise to more than 400 people

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 8/18/17, 10:27 am

The United Nations said more than 400 bodies have been found after a mudslide in Sierra Leone on Monday. Country officials continue to scramble to rescue survivors and offer aid to people affected by the disaster. Sierra Leone has begun mass burials for many of the dead, and some 600 people remain missing. The Red Cross said the chances of finding more survivors are getting smaller everyday. The organization said Sierra Leone is now in urgent need of shelter, safe water, and proper sanitation. Thousands of people have lost their homes to the disaster.

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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.

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