Sierra Leone: President Says Country Needs Urgent Support After Mudslide and Flooding

Sierra Leone mudslide Nearly 400 bodies recovered

As heavy rains continue in Freetown, relief workers warn of the risk of the spread of diseases and are urging the prompt and safe burial of those who've perished. There are dead bodies in the water and littering some of the streets, and houses are still under water.

British International Development Secretary Priti Patel too vowed to offer required support to the Sierra Leone government.

The total number of deaths reported at the Connaught Hospital is 297, including 109 children, 83 women and 105 men, Cornnelius Deveaux, the country's deputy minister of information and communication, told the press earlier Tuesday. Others estimate that over 400 lives were lost, while another 3,000 are estimated to have lost their homes, submerged by the mud.

A spokesman for the Red Cross, Abubakarr Tarawallie, told the BBC that 179 bodies had been taken to the central morgue in Freetown.

The Ministry also appreciates the efforts of all MDAs, including the RSLAF, Police, Fire Force, Red Cross, private entrepreneurs and community youths, involved in the continued search and recovery efforts undertaken by government to recover victims of the tragedy.

Richard Danziger, IOM's West Africa fegional chief, speaking from Dakar, Senegal, said the IOM was joining Sierra Leone authorities and the United Nations country team in conducting damage assessment throughout the impacted region near the capital, Freetown. Others were seen carrying relatives' remains in rice sacks to the mortuary.

Military personnel have been deployed to help in the rescue operation now ongoing, officials said.

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A statement issued by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, said Buhari called Koroma on Tuesday, August 15. "The ground shook and I had to stay outside the compound until daybreak", Sesay added.

Rescuers are still trying to find people buried under tons of mud when a hillside collapsed after storms lashed the West African country on Monday.

It also caused massive flooding elsewhere in the city, one of the world's wettest urban areas in the world. "She was covered alive", said Ms Kamara, who escaped with bruises.

'We have lost everything and we do not have a place to sleep, ' she told AFP.

"The spread of diseases such as cholera, typhoid and diarrhoea following flooding is also a huge concern", Alex Carle, director of global programmes at the British Red Cross, said.

Flooding in the capital in 2015 killed 10 people and left thousands homeless.

At least 300 people are confirmed dead a day after mudslides and heavy flooding struck Freetown, the capital of Sierra Leone.

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