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A Devastating Mudslide Killed Hundreds in Sierra Leone and the Death Toll Keeps Climbing

A mudslide on the Outskirt of Sierra Leone claimed 312 lives and left 2000 people homeless.

SIERRA LEONE— According to the Red Cross, at least 312 people were found dead and 2000 people have been made homeless after a hillside collapsed in the Freetown suburb of Regent earlier today. The Sierra Leonean local TV station interrupted its scheduled broadcast to show devastating images of people looking for their loved ones amid the torrential mud.


The capital is in a state of emergency as the morgues have reached their capacity and the death toll continues to increase.

"It is likely that hundreds are lying dead underneath the rubble,” the country’s Vice President,Victor Foh, told Reuters. "The disaster is so serious that I myself feel broken. We're trying to cordon [off] the area (and) evacuate the people," he added.

Sierra Leone frequently experiences floods.  In 2015, ten people were killed and thousands became homeless in floods caused by the monsoon rains. Areas like Regent which are populated by informal settlements are even more vulnerable to these heavy rains. is not unusual in Sierra Leone, where unsafe housing in makeshift settlements can be swept away by heavy rains.

 

 

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