Search
Thursday 21 September 2017
  • :
  • :

Sierra Leone update: hundreds remain missing after mudslide

Sierra Leone update: hundreds remain missing after mudslide

According to Sierra Leonean President Ernest Bai Koroma, at least 600 people are still missing after a mudslide and floods destroyed parts of the country’s capital, Freetown, on Monday.

Koroma has pleaded for “urgent support” as the Red Cross and other first responders rush to find survivors.

“The entire community is now in mourning. Loved ones are still missing, well over 600 people,” stated Koroma, adding that 400 people have been confirmed dead. Many communities were completely wiped out by the disaster.

The devastation is completely “overwhelming” the country continued Koroma. He has also advised people to stay away from the affected areas.

Sierra Leone is no stranger to flooding. Heavy rains often hit Freetown, a city of more than one million people. Makeshift housing in the city can easily be swept away by the deluge.

Nonetheless, Monday’s mudslide was one of the worst the country has ever seen.

Following heavy rain early in the morning, a part of Sugar Loaf Mountain collapsed, causing disaster to strike. Water and mud soon overtook the hilltop community of Regent, where many residents were asleep in bed.

Though bodies are still being recovered from the mud and rubble, said Presidential spokesman Abdulai Baraytay, a mass burial of victims has been planned for Wednesday to free up space in mortuaries.

Responding to Koroma’s plea for support, the UN has sent rescue teams to the country.

“Contingency plans are being put in place to mitigate any potential outbreak of waterborne diseases such as cholera, typhoid and diarrhea,” UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric said.

Despite this terrible tragedy, Koroma has urged Sierra Leoneans to unify during this time of loss and mourning.

“This tragedy of great magnitude has once again challenged us to come together, to stand by each other and to help one another,” he said.

Featured image via Wikipedia



I am a lover of dance, books, and coffee with way too much sugar. I have been dancing since I was three and am trained in multiple styles, including tap! I also love reading, listening to music, watching Netflix, and hanging out with friends. I am a huge fan of Lana Del Rey and Halsey, and I am in love with Criminal Minds. Finally, I have a great love for traveling. I have been to Europe two times, and I plan to study abroad in France next year, where I will test out (and hopefully improve) my French skills. I hope to travel to many more countries in the future, making fun, unforgettable memories along the way.


SUBSCRIBE TO OUR NEWSLETTER
Thanks for signing up.
We respect your privacy. Your information is safe and will never be shared.
Don't miss out. Subscribe today.
×
×
News On The Run