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Sierra Leone: At least 300 killed in tragic mudslide, many still missing
15 Agosto 2017, 10:52 | Martinez Canez
More than 200 dead following Sierra Leone mudslides
Sierra Leone's Vice-President Victor Bockarie Foh said it was "likely that hundreds are lying dead".
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He announced that centres would be set up across the city to register those made homeless and praised the military, police and Red Cross volunteers, deployed in an all-out effort to locate those trapped.
Rescue workers in Sierra Leone are searching for a second day for the survivors of a mudslide that killed hundreds of people in the capital, Freetown, and left more than 3,000 others homeless.
Some bodies have already been retrieved there has so far been no indication of the number of casualties from authorities.
At present, mortuary staff are busy placing corpses in body bags.
So far the number of survivors still remains unknown but sources at the Connaught said about 20 survivors with severe injuries are now responding to treatment.
International Development Secretary Priti Patel said the United Kingdom also stands ready to provide further assistance, with many victims trapped in homes buried under tons of mud. He says that the Red Cross is now working on a response to help the people who have survived the mudslide.
Hundreds feared dead in Sierra Leone mudslide
At least 260 bodies have been recovered, according to the Red Cross, with some reports putting the death toll in the West African nation even higher.
Bayraytay said the place most affected was Mortema, which is a few miles outside of the capital in the Regent district.
"There were family members who went out in the morning for prayers, or to the market to buy food stuffs for their businesses and when they returned, entire families were wiped out", she recalled.
Some of the bodies are unidentifiable because of the severe damage.
According to weather.com meteorologists, over the past 30 days the area has seen almost 20 inches more rain than average during that time.
A part of the hill overlooking the Regent collapsed on houses, reported the local media.
Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said: "I am deeply saddened by the tragic loss of life caused by the heavy flooding and landslides around the Freetown peninsula in Sierra Leone".
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